It was surrounded by computer parts when it arrived at a Denver, Colo., Goodwill, which may have been why the employees took notice of it.
It was lucky they did.
According to Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, the employees discovered an inscription in the Bible (originally published in England), reading: "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882." It ended with "Grace Ann Burbidge, Born July 31st 1854, Died 12th May 1932."
One way or another, the tale of the Bible made it up the chain to Goodwill's Chief People Officer Joyce Schlose, who happens to be a genealogy enthusiast.
Her online search for the Burbidges led to a descendent of the family in London, whose brother Roy Evans was living in New Jersey. She contacted Roy, who had no idea how a 200-year-old family Bible ended up in a donation bin in Colorado.
"Our great, great grandfather was the nephew of William Burbidge, born in 1812. I intend to take good care of it for future generations," Evans told KUSA.
Goodwill has promised the safe return of the Bible to Evans.