Anthropodermic Bibliopegy (Skin-bound books)

Submitted by rochelle on Sun, 11/13/2005 - 20:59

ADHD librarian sends "this story about
Harvard having books bound in human skin
.
Has anyone counted the students recently?"

n the 19th century, book bindings in human skin captured the romantic notions of the upper class, and anthropodermic bindings became more common. A frequent subject of such bindings were anatomy textbooks, which doctors and medical students may have had bound in the skin of cadavers they had dissected.