Posted on 02/10/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bookworms’ need to have their tomes handy dates back several centuries, which should surprise no modern reader.

Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries recently acquired a device that did just that: a rare French gothic coffer dating to the late 1400s, reports the Guardian.

The library told the newspaper that only around one hundred book coffers are known exist, and the majority of them come from the 1500s.

See pictures of and learn more about the coffer in the Guardian, if you’re not Oxford-bound anytime soon.

Bonus: If you missed the medieval bookwheel we shared on Instagram, check them out, too!

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