Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Library Wants 'Walden' Appraisal.(Metropolitan)

IN BRIEF

The Albuquerque Public Library board wants a proper commercial appraisal of its rare first edition of "Walden" before deciding how best to sell it.

The board authorized Jeff Bantly, the library's coordinator of volunteer services, to "find out what the book is really worth" before going ahead with anything, Bantly said Wednesday after the meeting.

The board has received offers from people interested in helping with the sale after newspaper stories reported that an open auction for "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau failed to generate any bids by the Feb. …

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