Three Books Bound In Human Skin Discovered At Harvard University Library

| by Dominic Kelly

Harvard University’s library probably takes the title of “Creepiest Place In The World" after researchers discovered that three books currently housed there are bound in human skin.

The discovery was made a few years ago when the three books were all pointed out as having equally strange leather covers on them. After further investigation, researchers determined that the covers were actually made of human skin and that one of them came from a man that was skinned alive.

That one particular book may be the creepiest out of the bunch, and not just due to the circumstances that the skin was gathered. The book, titled “Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias” has an inscription inside that, as the Harvard Crimson reported, reads, “‘the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”

As strange as it all may seem, it should be noted that the practice of using human skin to cover books, called Anthropodermic bibiopegy, was pretty common in the 17th century.