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Harvard Library Confirms Book Is Bound With Human Skin


After numerous tests, scientists have confirmed a copy of French writer Arsene Houssaye's "Des destinees de l'ame" was bound with human skin. *eying picture* Nice skin too -- no moles or beauty marks. You think that was back or buttcheek? It's definitely not chest because no nipple.

According to the library, Houssaye presented the text, described as "a meditation on the soul and life after death," to one of his friends, a book-loving medical doctor, in the mid-1880s.

The recipient, Dr. Ludovic Bouland, bound the book "with skin from the unclaimed body of a female mental patient who had died of a stroke," the library said.

Bouland left a note in the volume explaining what he had done.

"A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering," he wrote.

Although binding a book in another person's skin may seem creepy nowadays, the library says it wasn't always so unusual and reviled.

"Termed anthropodermic bibliopegy, the binding of books in human skin has occurred at least since the 16th century," it said. "The confessions of criminals were occasionally bound in the skin of the convicted, or an individual might request to be memorialized for family or lovers in the form of a book."

First of all, the only books that should ever be bound with human skin are volumes of magic spell and/or potions. Every great wizard knows that. Secondly, upon closer inspection I suspect this book might have a rash. You should probably have that looked at. "By a book doctor?" They're called librarians.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who is so evil he had every book he owns rebound with human skin.

There are Comments.
  • This_Update_Sucks

    If it was a black persons skin it would be the Tome of Eternal Darkness.

  • Delakando

    I like this idea! I want to leave a book about me bound in my skin with my ashes turned into a diamond imbedded on the cover. So my body and memories are forever within the book.

  • ChrisZAUR

    GASP!!!!!!! They found the Necronomicon :O

  • Rick_McRockock

    tattoo that shit

  • MiracleMaxx

    The Oatmeal said it best:

  • zin

    Ok, now I want one. Preferably with a vaginal centerfold. Ominous whispers are a plus.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Klaatu!! Barada!! Nik-(cough cough)

  • Guest

    among those numerous tests a few times they've previously confirmed it wasn't so I'm feeling pretty meh about the whole thing.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    The actual binding isn't nearly as creepy as the source of the skin. Horrible to think that you could die and someone help themselves to your skin, pretty much just because you had psychological problems...

  • zin

    When you said creepy, you meant awesome right?

  • Bobby Dawson

    i think it was probably because she was dead and had no one to claim the body. Apparently she didn't need it anymore...

  • asdfasdfasdf

    when you give a body "to science" you don't get a lot of say into what they do with it. I'm more concerned i might wake up(hungry) on a vivisection table at a zombie research base or get molested by some med school frat.

  • zin

    But either of those situations sound like a lot of fun!

  • asdfasdfasdf

    i guess the weekend at bernie's treatment wouldnt be so bad, give me sunglasses and a beer and prop me up in some sorority as a prank.

    its just the "masterbate in a coffin in front of ex members" types I'd worry about... but then again aren't those usually at lawschools? so you're right i guess.

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