A librarian is asked to research an 18th century “memento hominem”, or life box, originally belonging to a talented French watchmaker and pornographer named Claude Page. Then read A Case of Curiosities, which tells Page’s story more fully.
Alexander Short, a witty, brow beaten employee of the New York Public Library comes to the aid of a bibliophile searching for information about a rare timepiece made for Marie Antoinette. A robust cast of supporting characters comes together to create this delightful, intellectual romp.
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