Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
A commode shaped like a book strikes us as sacrilegious to most avid readers.
But apparently it was completely normal during the eighteenth century to use a replica book — or a real one — to disguise and decorate toilets.
A book conservator explained to Atlas Obscura, though, that it shouldn’t be seen as a deliberate insult to literature.
Books back then simply weren’t seen as particularly precious objects, hence their frequent repurposing in other (less gross) uses.
Nowadays, both books — and toilets made to mimic them — are both quite precious.
Literary Hub found a vintage book toilet up for sale through Heritage Auctions, with a starting bid of $1,500.
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