Is it true the John Hay Library has books bound in human skin?


Yes, Special Collections has four anthropodermic books. Testing in April, 2015, confirmed the books are bound in human skin (or a closely related primate).

These anthropodermic volumes are only made available for scholarly research in order to protect the fragile bindings and to minimize handling out of respect for the fact that they are human remains.

The bindings of these three books are discussed and photographed in The Morbid Anatomy Anthology (pages 380-393):

The fourth book is: Mademoiselle Giraud, My Wife

  • Last Updated Oct 07, 2020
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