Sunday, April 16, 2006

Disgusting Historical Finds

Last week, English police found a 300-year old book bound in human skin. According to the article, this was not a rare practice:
The practice, known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, was sometimes used in the 18th and 19th centuries when accounts of murder trials were bound in the killer's skin. Anatomy books also were sometimes bound in the skin of a dissected cadaver. In World War II, Nazis were accused of using the skin from Holocaust victims to bind books.

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