from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A board for holding books, made generally of some cabinet-wood, with sliding ends, often richly ornamented. Also called book-slide.
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The dining-room and drawing-room might, in old fashioned language, be called "royal closets" -- cosy and sweet with chintz hangings and covers to chairs and couches, a small cottage piano, a book-tray in which