CAMDEN — A 215-year-old book that was part of the first lending library in Camden has been returned.

Oliver Goldsmith’s 1790 “History of England, Vol. 1 was returned recently by a California man who found the book and two other old books among volumes collected by his grandfather, a former Portland police officer known to browse the city’s markets.

The three books date to 1796, when the Federal Society Library of “Cambden,” was founded.

By 1826, the Federal Society Library had disbanded. It’s unclear how the Goldsmith book made its way to Portland, where it was found by the grandfather of Chuck Regan of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Regan told the Bangor Daily News he hopes he doesn’t have to pay a fine for having books more than 200 years overdue.