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Antique book collects £200 for The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army charity shop in Loughborough received a donation this week of a book dating back to 1672, which has been sold for £200 to a specialist book dealer.

The book, entitled ‘The History of the Life and Reign of King Henry VIII’ is bound in calf skin, and was donated to the store on Devonshire Square by a local customer who was unsure of its worth. It was spotted by shop volunteer, Sheila, who instantly thought it would be worth more than the going rate of a charity shop book.

David Underwood, shop manager said: “If it hadn’t been for Sheila’s keen eye the book would have ended up on the rubbish pile! Once she had brought it to my attention as something she thought to be valuable, I took it to a specialist book dealer who confirmed that it was genuine.”

The book dealers were surprised that we had received something so rare. One of the appraisers later bought the book from us for £200.”

It is the most valuable donation that the charity shop has ever seen.

David continued: “One of the great things about working in a charity shop is that you never know what’s going to come through the door. It’s great to know that the book will continue to be enjoyed 345 years after being published and that its sale has raised money for charity”.

Shop: Loughborough