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    Adventures of a rare book dealer (and former small bookshop owner).

Another Recent Conversation

Written on May 8, 2008

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“Do you have any old books with clasps on them?”

“You mean that would be attached to the covers and used to close the book?”

“Yes, exactly.”

“Does it matter what the book is?”

“No, I collect books with interesting clasps.”

“Actually, I do. I have this lovely 19th Century Bavarian prayer book.”

“Oh, that is nice. I’ve never seen one quite like this. This should be fine.”

“Great, should I write that up, or would you like to look around a bit more?”

“Oh wait.”


“This is a Catholic prayer book.”

“Is it?”

“Yes. I’m afraid I’ll have to pass. Thank you though.”


I wasn’t so much offended as I was confused. Question: Can a clasp be “Catholic”?

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