A history book about the US that was due back in 1927 has been returned to a library in California and is now displayed in a case at the library entrance. The copy of Benson Lossing’s A History of the United States, published in 1881, was returned to St Helena public library in Napa Valley in May. Jim Perry, who found it in a box of books that belonged to his late wife, Sandra Learned Perry, told the St Helena Star that he was “pretty sure” her grandfather, John McCormick, from one of St Helena’s oldest pioneer families, was the original borrower. The Guinness World Record for an overdue library book is held by a book owned by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge which was borrowed in 1667 or 1668 and returned on 16 January 1956, at least 287 years overdue.

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