Interesting Things Found in Books

AbeBooks asked their booksellers to reveal what items they have found inside the books that pass through their hands.  They reported many instances of discovering credit cards and banknotes, including this heartbreaker:
“A wealthy, elderly woman in my town died a few years ago and left a large book collection with many fine books, much of which wound up in my inventory. The remaining books went to a local thrift shop, including a microwave cookbook which, as it turned out, contained 40 $1000 bills. The book was purchased by someone from out of town who was idling away the time waiting for her ride. She took the money to a local bank to verify its authenticity and that was how we heard about it. She didn't give a cent back to the thrift shop, either. A deeply frustrating experience for many, I can assure you.”

Other items have both monetary and historic value:
“Inside a volume, one of eight bought at a local garage sale, I found a charming child's Christmas card with the inscription "Merry Christmas to Harry from .....(fairly illegible). About two years later while trying to decipher the signature, the name suddenly revealed itself...."from Frank Baum."

Other dealers have found items such as a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, a golf scorecard signed by Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, a diamond ring, and a variety of other odd and unusual items, including the inevitable... strip of bacon.

Perhaps most impressive is this report from Bookride:
Eight relief hand-coloured etchings [by William Blake] discovered by a book collector between the pages of an international rail timetable bought in the late seventies from a ‘North London book dealer’, and recently acquired by the Tate for £441,000. Apparently, the reason suggested as to why the dealer hadn’t bothered to check through the huge timetable before putting it out for sale was because it was so ‘ boring'.

What have you found?  Or what have you lost?  Do you use something odd as a bookmark?

Links to AbeBooks' list and the Bookride report.

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I once bought a copy of a book by J. Robert Oppenheimer - the father of the atomic bomb - for $1. In it was a typescript of a speech he gave in 1963 at the National Book Awards.
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My son-in-law picked up a book in a garage sale that he thought might interest me. Inside the front cover, I found a note I had written to my parents some 20 years earlier, when I had given them the book. (New.) How it got to a garage sale in a different city, I'll never know.
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I borrowed a book from a guy I was dating. I found a receipt from a Swiss train station. Before we met, he went to Europe to audition for various ballet companies. He wasn't hired anywhere, so he came back home and ended up with the modern dance company I work with. We met there, and even though we're no longer dating, we're still good friends, so it was a very sweet moment to me to find that little thread of his life that led to our meeting. :-)
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I found a German book in a charity shop in Dunoon, something about it made me flick through the pages and I found a photo in there.

It's of a Zeppelin flying over somewhere in Germany and is dated 1937 on the back. I keep on meaning to scan it in to find out what the rest of the writing on the back says.
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Inside a copy of Umberto Eco's Faucault's Pendulum, I found an aged and yellowed clipping from a magazine article, which I presume someone used as a bookmark. After a bit of research, I found that it was penned by Josef de Maistre. It said:

Man's destructive hand spares nothing that lives; he kills to feed himself, he kills to clothe himself, he kills to adorn himself, he kills to attack, he kills to defend himself, he kills to instruct himself, he kills to amuse himself, he kills for the sake of killing. Proud and terrible king, he wants everything and nothing resists him... from the lamb he tears its guts and makes his harp resound... from the wolf his most deadly tooth to polish his pretty works of art; from the elephant his tusks to make a toy for his child - his table is covered with corpses... And who will exterminate him who exterminates all others?

Himself. It is man who is charged with the slaughter of man... So it is accomplished... the great law of the violent destruction of living creatures. The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but a vast altar upon which all that is living must be sacrificed without end, without measure, without pause, until the consummation of things, until evil is extinct, until the death of death.
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