But, more widely, Stephen Pile's The Book of Heroic Failures mentions that the most overdue library book was a copy of Dr J. Currie's Febrile Diseases. It was taken out of the University of Cincinnati Medical Library in 1823 by Mr M. Dodd and returned on 7 December 1968 by his great-grandson.
And are the 3,000 librarians aware that a copy of Carlyle's Chartism borrowed from the Oxford Union library 98 years ago has finally been returned?
The only clue to the book's fate during the past century is a note on the flyleaf: 'Thrown out of a train at Yeovil Junction by someone in the 6.45am down train on 7.5.53.'
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