Stranger Than Fiction, and More Rewarding


When St. John’s Episcopal Church held its annual book sale last fall during Salisbury’s Fall Festival, organizers unexpectedly found themselves in the unique ­— and dazzling — world of rare books.

While sorting volumes in a box of ordinary contributions, Gaile Binzen noticed a pair of slipcases, each containing a Lewis Carroll book “prettily bound” in leather.

Perhaps they were worth more than the usual five dollars, and probably Dan Dwyer, owner of Johnnycake Books, would know.

And so opened a mystery and a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for both Dwyer and St. John’s.

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