So, on wikipedia’s entry on bookbinding, there’s a link to a page on anthropodermic bibliopegy. It gives a whole new meaning to judging a book by its cover. And, of course, I just had to find a nineteenth-century example of an anthropodermically bound book. For all you fans of history-of-the-book studies, should you ever be in Bury St. Edmonds in West Suffolk, you may want to check out the exhibit at Moyse’s Hall. (Scroll down a bit to check out a less sentimental side of nineteenth-century death culture.)

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