University's book bound in human skin
A book bound in human skin has been found in a Harvard library, scientists have confirmed.
The 19th-Century tome – a collection of essays on the soul and life after death by French novelist and poet Arsene Houssaye – was created using skin taken from the back of a female mental patient who had died of a stroke, according to researchers.
It was presented as a gift by the author to his friend Ludovic Bouland, a medical doctor.
According to the university's blog, the technique of using tanned human skin was far from unusual in the 19th Century. However, it was more common to use skin from the bodies of executed criminals.