Man behind £12k Berkhamsted book find speaks out

12-604 Geoff Smith with his paperback edition of Murphy which he bought 40 years ago.
12-604 Geoff Smith with his paperback edition of Murphy which he bought 40 years ago.
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THE man who found a first edition of Samuel Beckett’s first novel Murphy in a bundle of books given to Oxfam has spoken about the £12k find.

Geoff Smith, 64, who used to work for the British Library, has worked at Oxfam’s stores in Berkhamsted High Street for five years.

But he said: “We have had nothing of this rarity and value donated before.

“I knew as soon as I saw it that it might be important.”

A little internet research helped him realise just how rare the find was.

The book sold for £12,000 in an auction by Bonhams, as reported in the HeraldExpress last week.