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Gun Found in Donated Book, and Other Book News

October 30, 2012 | by

  • When Indiana librarians opened a donated copy of Robert Stone’s Outerbridge Reach, they found it contained an Arma San Marco .31-caliber, a single-shot black-powder handgun. Reported reaction: “Oh, my.”
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    1. T.Thurai | October 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I found something like this in an antique shop in Rye, Sussex (UK). Not sure if these guns-in-books were novelties or a genuine form of home defence. However, Rye has a long history of smuggling so some protection from the ‘owlers’ may have been necessary.
      Strangest thing I ever found in a book was an unwashed dinner-plate! (Not mine).

    2. Ann Mason | October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      This really isn’t a surprise. Many books have pages removed — except around the edges — so they can be used to hide valuables. This book may have been part of a deceased person’s library, and the executor of the estate donated the entire library without inspecting each book.

    3. Bendig | October 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      H see the lukoil announcement this morning? I that’s what a person does (gouge franchisees) to afford that type of residence.

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