Here's the story . . .
We obtained several old books from a book shop that has gone out of business. The shop was located in the Northeastern US, and it specialized in old books, rare books, and haunted books. The owner asked that we keep his name, location, and the identity of the former shop private, as he's had several terrifying experiences and he wants nothing more to do with the books or the shop. We visited the shop on the last day it was opened, and we were able to obtain several books. Some are haunted, and others are rare.
About this book . . .
This is a first edition children's classic, by Clara Andrews Williams, published in 1912. The book is worth a considerable amount of money in good condition. However, our copy is nowhere near "good condition". But it is special nonetheless.
The book is said to be highly haunted with intensely strong activity. When we went into the store, a few books were positioned in an unusual way. This was one of them. The owner of the shop kept this book in a locked box, and he was the only one who had a key. He claimed the book damages itself. We've been working with haunted items for a decade and a half, and we've heard of an item damaging itself. The owner said every time he opened the box to show the book to someone, there was more damage on the book. But that's not the only thing.
There's a mysterious mist around this book at different times. The mist is gray, white, or blue. When we were taking pictures of the book, there was a white mist around it. We all saw it. It started when we began taking the pictures, and it lifted when we finished. We tried another set of pictures, and the very same thing happened. We took over 100 pictures and none of them came out. We posted the best ones which aren't that good.
In the 1930s, the belonged to a boy named Harry Keyer. It was actually a Christmas gift to him in 1930. Harry is a very old man, alive and well, living in Pennsylvania with his grandson. Harry never had any incidents with this book according to the shop owner. It started after he grew up and moved on.
The shop owner received this book in the 1980s and kept it all those years. He doesn't remember the precise date or circumstances of receiving the book, but he does remember someone telling him the book produced strange activity after it's original owner out-grew it. But he doesn't remember details about the activity.
The damage it is said to have done to itself is ripping the spine, roughing up the cover, creating quick foxing (brown patches) through the pages, scratches to the inside cover, and pulling out pages. This book is 111 years old so you might think the damage was done from handling, reading it, or it just being old. But that's not what the shop owner claimed. He said the book was in excellent condition when he received it, and it was immediately placed in the box so it should be in mint condition today. But it's a mess from self damaging. At one point, he tried several experiments.
He took a picture of a page of the book, placed the book into the box for 10 minutes, and took another picture of the same page. There was considerable damage. He said he did that several times and each time, there was damage. One of the things that frightened him the most was Harry's name being scratched out. Harold Keyer was written in the inside cover. It was there for years and years, and the shop owner always checked to make sure it was intact. Once when he checked it, Harry's surname was completely scratched out.
There is no explanation for this. It's very disturbing.
We're apprehensive about selling this book to a novice. It's a bit frightening, and it could be haunted by anything and produce other frightening activity. We prefer selling it to someone with experience with strangely haunted or disturbing items.
(This is all the information we were given about the book, and we have no way of contacting the shop owner or former owners for any further info.)
The book is in fair to poor condition. It's faded, foxed, and the hard cover it torn, scratched, frayed, and held together by very old tape. Some of the pages are weak and barely holding on. The book is readable. Size is approximately 8x6.
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First Edition Ned, The Cowboy, 1912, Classic Children's Book. Antique Book. Extremely Haunted. Active. Self Damaging Book. Very Scary.
Here's the story . . .