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The Secret Content of Secondhand Books

The Guardian has a great post up about a bookshop in Oxford, UK called Skoob Books who have been collecting the items they’ve found inside used books over the years.

You probably know we did a similar piece called Found in Books some years ago. We put a call out to our booksellers to share with our readers some of the treasures they’d come across since they began selling secondhand books. The list was by turns fantasy-inducing and stomach-churning, and included such gems as a strip of bacon (expired), a cockroach (also expired), a rookie Mickey Mantle baseball card, a selection of 1970s porn, cash (up to $40,000 in one go), old baby teeth, soiled cotton swabs, dried flowers and much more.

But the Guardian article, which mentions similar finds, also has lovely images to go along, and it was nice to actually see some of the finds – the dried plants and flowers in particular are quite sweet, and the tickets tell so many stories all at once.

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About Beth Carswell

I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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