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Saturday, April 8, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Ancient Book May Be Covered in Human Skin

Much of the text is in French, and it was not uncommon around the time of the French Revolution for books to be covered in human skin.

The practice, known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, was sometimes used in the 18th and 19th centuries when accounts of murder trials were bound in the killer’s skin.

To which I say: “ick”.

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1 Comment

  1. We do worse to our own species than just skin them, bind them, & protect our pages with them. Abortion isn’t merely a “choice.”

    Comment by cagey — Sunday, April 9, 2006 @ 12:24 am

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