|The bookcase shows a diversity of faux books|
in my collection.
When one mentions book-objects to people they usually are reminded of the ubiquitous book safes and coin banks and are completely unaware of the myriad of historic and contemporary objects made in book form. The bookcase in this photograph contains 19th and 20th century jewelry boxes, card games, office supply sets, sewing kits, book flasks, coal and stone books, book safes, and gags. Let me show you some of them...
This is a small snake book that fits in the palm of your hand. It's a gag.
Snake books and boxes have been popular in many countries since at least the mid 19th century.