Carved books are not uncommon in the graveyard, but they are found more often on gravestones that have a pedestal shape.
Dec. 13, 1848
70 Y. 2 M. 4 D.
Dec. 31, 1857
75 Y. 7 M. 22 D.
The book is closed, which usually represents a completed life. The carver took the time to carve page edges on three sides, and at first glance I thought I saw text on the spine. Turns out, there are no words that I can see; just texturizing that nonetheless adds to the realistic look of the book.
Red Bank Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio