For some people, there’s simply nothing better than getting a new book. Even if it’s only new to you and it shows the wear and tear of having been read and appreciated long before reaching your hands, it’s still a thrill to hold, to have, and of course, to read.

Some books are a little bit more special than others, though. Take these volumes, for example, that seem completely ordinary at first…but they reveal a secret surprise when you look at their pages in just the right way!

At first glance, this appears to an ordinary book…

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However, if you hold the pages together in the just the right way and look at the side…

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…this tome reveals a hidden surprise!

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These secret page-side pictures are called fore-edge paintings, and although they’re rare, there have been some incredible examples throughout history!

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What a fun little hidden secret! Doesn’t it make you want to check out the edges of all your books, just to be sure?

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