A secret compartment [within] Traduction des Œuvres d’Horace par M. René Binet. Third edition. Volume 2 only. Book Safe.

A secret compartment [within] Traduction des Œuvres d’Horace par M. René Binet. Third edition. Volume 2 only.

1809. Paris: Colas, 1809.

12mo (95 x 165 mm), iv, c.250 pp. The secret compartment is revealed following page 40, carved from the remaining text block which has been glued together. Contemporary binding of speckled calf, backstrip richly gilt with red and black labels. Board tips and joints worn, backstrip chipped at head and foot, 3cm split in top of upper joint. Unassuming and touch shabby, all the better for concealing treasure.

§ A subtle and charming book safe made from an odd volume of Horace in French, published by Colas in 1809. The secret compartment measures 7 by 13.5 cm and is 1.5 cm deep. The marbled paper used to line the compartment is the same as that used for the front pastedown. Item #124692

Price: $450.00

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