“All bathroom humor aside, surviving examples of these book commodes are actually quite rare. This example remains in functional condition with some wear to the exterior leather covering and thankfully little or no sign of wear to the interior,” according to Heritage Auctions.
The bidding opens at $1,500.
Last month, Atlas Obscura published a short history of book toilets, featuring another specimen currently for sale with Daniel Crouch Rare Books. As book conservator and author of Blook: The Art of Books That Aren’t, Mindell Dubansky explained to AO, it’s not clear whether book toilets were recycled from pieces of real books or from binders’ waste (sigh, pun intended).