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Orts 70, 2007

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In the summer of 2005, just as we were commemorating the centenary of George MacDonald's death, I received a surprise telephone call from Kate Davies. She was helping two aunts to move out of their large house in Sanderstead, Surrey and into sheltered accommodation and had discovered a large collection of George MacDonald books, many of them first editions and many signed by the author, that had belonged to her aunts' grandfather, William Carey Davies, a Croydon man (south of London) who had been George's private secretary in his later years. Her aunts' father, George MacDonald Davies, had had a distinguished career as a geologist. I called at the house at Kate Davies's invitation and was invited to take as many MacDonald books as I wished for the Society. I took a large pile of books home with me in the boot of my estate car and proceeded to make an inventory which I sent to Ian Blakemore, Orts editor and professional bookseller. He valued the collection at approximately £20,000, some books being much more valuable than others

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