A man who bought a box of old novels for £1 found a rare first edition copy of a Beatrix Potter book – worth at least £100.
Adrian Shearing, 50, bought a stack of dusty books at an auction – but when he looked inside found a 105-year-old copy of The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck.
Adrian, of Torrington, North Devon, was rummaging through the box when he came across the illustrated Potter edition published in 1908 – which has been valued at around £100.
He said: "I didn't even know this Beatrix Potter book was there. I did some research and found out it was a first edition. I was so excited. This book is a bit of history, it is gorgeous with fantastic illustrations.
"The book itself is in very good condition, it has general wear. It is more than 100 years old so I expected it to have a bit of wear because it has been read and enjoyed by children.
"There are thousands of Beatrix Potter books around but finding a first edition is special."
Experts say there are a few ways to determine whether a Beatrix Potter book is a first edition. The early books were published by F. Warne and Co, but in the 1920s the name changed to F. Warne and Co Limited.
Former teacher Adrian said: "The date, 1908, is written on the title page in this book.
"When I turn it over it has 1908 on the reverse of the title page as well.
"On the end papers there are drawings of mice and hedgehogs."