13 April 2006

A Macabre Discovery

According to a BBC news item, police in Leeds have found a book from the 18th or 19th century lying on a road (likely discarded after a robbery). It was written mostly in French—and bound with human skin. Apparently it was fairly common practice to write accounts of murder trials and then bind the book with the killer's skin. Such a form of book-binding (whatever the reason) even has a name: anthropodermic bibliopegy, and there's a Wikipedia article about it here. Via In The Middle.

2 Comments:

Blogger Saskboy said...

I think I'd like to be a well read corpse.

4/13/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Well, I guess that's one way of looking on the bright side!

4/19/2006 05:42:00 AM  

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