The little book of hours of Amiens Nicolas Blairie, carefully written on a thin Ruling rose, but modestly decorated with some original illuminations in ink (folio 29), has the curious shape of an almond when it is closed. When it opens, the two halves of the almond bloom to fit the contours of a heart, concrete evocation of the heart of the person praying the prayer that opens.
So much coveting Is it a real historical artifact? No idea. But I love it. Via missharlot: secret poison case disguised as a book, 17th century.
People who like Lemony Snicket are good people.