09 September 2007
A rare first edition of the Bible has been found in a charity shop in West Street, Bridport. An eagle eyed Clergyman bought the book with the collected works of James Herriot.
The Clergyman who has a penchant for antiquarian books was passing through Bridport on his way to his holiday destination in Devon when he noticed the abundance of charity shops in West Street. The Right Reverend Bruce Stanhope of the Archdiocese of Melling who wishes to remain anonymous decided to park his car in the bus stop outside Snooks and investigate.
Reverend Stanhope said, “I was flicking through a copy of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo that had a particularly well preserved flysheet when my attention was drawn to the first edition bible by a shaft of heavenly light piercing the dust motes above the periodicals which was accompanied by a wave of angelic choristers.”
Realising the fact that he had inadvertently stumbled upon a priceless piece of theological history the Reverend purchased the artifact for 50 pence. Radiocarbon dating has verified the artifact as original. However this has caused consternation amongst theologians as an additional page at the end of the Bible states:
“The events and characters depicted in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."