The Jerusalem Post notes an amazing little book story in tomorrow's edition. It seems that during something called "The War of the Pacific," 1879-1883, some of Chile's soldiers looted the library in Lima, Peru.
The books are finally being sent back to Peru:
Chile on Tuesday returned 3,778 books that its military had taken from Peru's national library - more than 126 years overdue.It's great to see that so many of the books are still in excellent condition. Now someone needs to talk to the DHL corporate people about a golden opportunity to cut the perfect television commercial (assuming they don't lose the books in shipment, of course).
The volumes, written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish, some with full-page colonial-era maps, dated from the 16th to 19th centuries. Chile shipped the books, most in excellent condition, to Peru this week via DHL, where they'll be returned to Lima's national library.