One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially in French contexts: a bedside book; a favourite book.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Fortnightly Review. From French livre de chevet from livre book + de + chevet pillow, head end of the bed, also used with reference to objects kept by the bedside.
livre de chevet/ˌliːvrə də ʃəˈveɪ/
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