Book covers made of human skin

Harvard has such a book bound in human skin, as recent tests have proven. The topic of the book is a meditation about the human soul and life.  It was bound with the skin of a female mental patient. Over time  confessions of criminals or memorials have been bound in human skin. My professional comment is "Yuck." I would not wish to remember someone I cared about by touching their skin while reading their memoirs.  I think this is truly macabre. I'm so glad this is something we do not have in the Clarke's collections. I hope they put some kind of cover on the book. Which archivist or rare books librarian or student employee wants to touch it? To read more about it click here


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