AbeBooks asked booksellers to uncover interesting items they’ve found in used books:
Inside a volume, one of eight bought at a local garage sale, I found a charming child’s Christmas card with the inscription “Merry Christmas to Harry from …..(fairly illegible). About two years later while trying to decipher the signature, the name suddenly revealed itself…. “from Frank Baum.”
Other dealers have found items such as a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, a golf scorecard signed by Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, a diamond ring, and a variety of other odd and unusual items, including the inevitable… strip of bacon.
Marginalia and my own makeshift bookmarks (plane tickets, dated receipts, desperate shreds of paper) are often more honest reminders than the titles themselves. Head over for more in the comments.