Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Books and mummies! News stories collide.
I post about books in New York. I post about a mummy in Cincinnati. Then I read this. I have powers, people, awesome powers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown University's library boasts an anatomy book that combines form and function in macabre fashion. Its cover - tanned and polished to a smooth golden brown, like fine leather - is made of human skin.
In fact, a number of the nation's finest libraries, including Harvard's, have such books in their collections. The practice of binding books in human skin was not uncommon in centuries past, even if it was not always discussed in polite society.
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