There were signs under the edges and in between. Some of them had never been seen by the former owners. She couldn't imagine having them and not at least holding them and turning them.
There was a time or two when she did some exploring with a sharp kitchen knife in hand when her curiosity won out. She turned back the thick cover and turned the sharp edge of the blade outwards away from her before making a slow deliberate slice between the first two sheets which had the appearance of being just one folded back on itself.
There was no beauty to behold on these rough edges, unlike the sheets pressed firm and aligned perfectly in some books with the marble-like designs.
|This is the cover of the book printed in 1898. Note the marbled cover in blues and golden hues.|
|This is the inside of the cover of the book printed in 1900. The marbled paper is quite shiny and slick. The marbling here is a combination of greens and blues and golden colors.|