Student Discovers Rare Book at Springfield Auction
Surprises come in all shapes and sizes as as Erica Wendt ’05 discovered.
While attending an auction in Springfield, Wendt bid on a box of glass, which turned out to be the highest bid. The auctioneer then threw in a box of old books for free.
Inside the box, Wendt found a first-edition Beatrix Potter book titled Fairy Caravan, which was released only in the United States. Potter had asked the publisher to print 100 copies for her to give to family and friends.
“The first page was vellum and included a notation that the book was not for sale,” Wendt said. “It was hand-numbered and signed by Potter.”
Wendt, who is not a book collector, recently sold the edition for $10,000.