On National Libraries Day, behold the world's most overdue library books

Saturday the 6 February marks National Libraries Day.

In celebration of our local libraries here's a round-up of the most overdue books in the history of the world.

And there you were thinking two years was a long time to keep hold of your copy of The Catcher in the Rye...

The Law of Nations

Checked out 1789, replaced in 2010

George Washington borrowed this essay on international affairs from the New York Society Library in 1789. It was replaced 221 years later - though the first US President had accrued a fine of $300,000 (£195,000).

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