My party is in possession of a book of accounts and ledgers which we have retrieved on behalf of a benefactor. We are supposed to return the book to the benefactor but the information contained within it is valuable* and could be of great benefit to us.
We have a College of Creation Bard in the party who has the Performance of Creation feature:
As an action, you can channel the magic of the Song of Creation to create one nonmagical item of your choice in an unoccupied space within 10 feet of you. The item must appear on a surface or in a liquid that can support it. The gp value of the item can’t be more than 20 times your bard level, and the item must be Medium or smaller. The item glimmers softly, and a creature can faintly hear music when touching it. The created item disappears after a number of hours equal to your proficiency bonus. For examples of items you can create, see the equipment chapter of the Player’s Handbook.
Could the bard create a duplicate of the accounts and ledgers book using Performance of Creation?
*Here, I use the term valuable to mean "of great importance." It could well be that there is some monetary value that could be assigned to the information contained within the book but that evaluation would vary from person to person.
In our particular case, we are retrieving the ledger as a favor and no money has been promised for the service of retrieving it.