The Harvard Library’s Collection Of Books Bound In Human Flesh

book of fleshLooking for a read that you can sink your teeth into? Roadtrippers on Harvard’s flesh books:

A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive.

The practice of using human flesh to bind books, referred to as anthropodermic bibliopegy, was actually popular during the 17th century.

Harvard’s creepy books deal with Roman poetry, French philosophy, and a treatise on medieval law, Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias… that has a very interesting inscription inside, as the Harvard Crimson reports:

‘the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book […] together with ample of his skin to bynd it.’

12 Comments on "The Harvard Library’s Collection Of Books Bound In Human Flesh"

  1. Gjallarbru | Apr 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm |

    Tell me Timmy, what do you want to be when you grow up?

    A BOOK!

  2. BuzzCoastin | Apr 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm |

    book worms must realy did that shit
    and
    this adds a nuancial meaning to the phrase
    bookish but a nice piece of ass

    • VaudeVillain | Apr 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm |

      That’s a phrase?

      Maybe it’s popular with people who don’t see bookish as a prerequisite to being a nice piece of ass anyway.

  3. Adam's Shadow | Apr 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm |

    So no mysterious disappearances by the translators leaving behind only cryptic writings in their own blood? Damn.

  4. It was an African thing, apparently. Wavuma is/was an African tribe

  5. Calypso_1 | Apr 4, 2014 at 12:49 am |

    pshaw.
    Our bibliopegic collection is exclusively cerebropuered anthropodermia.

  6. Why?

  7. Dread Raider | Apr 4, 2014 at 4:30 am |

    I would imagine that at Harvard there are far more creepy things, then a few old human skinned books.

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