This would make the sternest librarian smile. A book was returned to the Washington and Lee University in the US after 145 years.
Written by WFP Napier, the four-volume History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814 was taken by a soldier, CS Gates on 11 June 1864 when General David Hunter raided the area. The man with the conscience is Mike Dau who got it from Myron and Isabel Gates. The fine? Dau returned it on condition that he be exempted from paying it.