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Harvard Confirms It Has Book Bound In Human Flesh

book fleshA few weeks ago we ran a story about Harvard University’s library containing books bound in human flesh. Scientists at Harvard have now confirmed the report for at least one volume, Arsène Houssaye’s Des destinées de lame, per The Independent:

Harvard scientists have confirmed a volume in one of its libraries is “without a doubt” bound in human skin after a series of tests conducted on the binding confirmed the origin of the material.

Scientists and conservators used several different methods to test the binding and are now “99.9 per cent” sure the material covering the book, Arsène Houssaye’s Des destinées de l’ame, is of human origin.

A team used a process known as peptide mass fingerprinting to examine microscopic samples of the covering and eliminate the chance that the 19th century book was made out of other binding materials such as sheep or goat skin.

The binding was then analysed further to determine the order of amino acids, the building blocks of each peptide, which are different in each species.

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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.’

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Powdered Baby Flesh Pills Being Smuggled Out Of China

Methamphetamine_pillsEating baby flesh concentrate in pill form is sort of a dark version of the current U.S. yuppie trend of consuming the placenta for nutritional purposes after giving birth. Will this be China’s next big export? Via the BBC:

The Korea Customs Service said it had found almost 17,500 of the capsules being smuggled into the country from China since August 2011. The powdered flesh, which officials said came from dead babies and foetuses, is reportedly thought by some to cure disease and boost stamina.

Capsules were being dyed or switched into boxes of other drugs in a bid to disguise them. Some of the capsules were found in travellers’ luggage and some in the post, customs officials said.

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