Paul Avril, (probable original) front cover from Le miroir du monde (Reflection of the world), by Octave Uzanne, Paris, 1888.
(It’s difficult to tell for sure without holding the book in one’s hands, but this looks like the original cover, and the current brown binding like a later addition. This could also be a title page, but it doesn’t seem quite as likely)
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
— from The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams, 1922
This skull was discovered in France between 1920 and 1940. Its easily one of the more disputed and controversial artifacts of its time. The museum of supernatural history claims (through analysis) that the horns are in fact, naturally a part of the skull.