A MYSTERY Capital woman has forked out £450 for a rare edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species which was handed in to a charity shop.
The 1892 version was dumped in a dusty cardboard box outside a Cancer Research UK shop in Aberdeen.
The woman, who bought it as a gift for her scientist husband, asked the charity’s Morningside branch for help after hearing of the donation.
Samantha Campanella, manager of the city shop, said: “When the lady saw the book in the paper, she was so worried as she could not get up to Aberdeen as it was so far away.
“But when I said we could get it sent down, you should have seen her face.”