Apr
02
2014

You don’t often get to have headlines like this. …Thank God.

Well, this is… this is a thing that is a thing.

Harvard discovers three of its library books are bound in human flesh

…and Harvard does not want to know if they have any more.  I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I do not blame them for that.

Via AoSHQ.

6 Comments

  • Catseyes says:

    Kind of makes you curious about the subject matter of the books doesn’t it?

    • garfieldjl says:

      The topics the books deal with are: Roman poetry, French philosophy, and medieval Spanish law. According to the article this was actually a common practice with early textbooks concerning anatomy.

      I agree this is creepy and since Harvard was apparently established in 1636 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard ), it’s entirely possible that the administrators of Harvard at that time, knew the origins of the bindings used for those books.

      • Catseyes says:

        I’ve read too many books where the purported subject matter of the book was only tangentially related to what the book was actually about. That can especially be a big problem with books on poetry and and philosophy, never much cared for books on law so I can’t really say much about that.

  • Luke says:

    Two weeks before one or more of them is stolen.
    I’ll take the under.
    .
    (I don’t blame them for not wanting to know if they have any more, but not for the same reasons.)

  • Crawford says:

    They never should have agreed to take on the Miskatonic University’s library collection.

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