Thursday, November 29, 2007

Now there's an idea...

A 400-year-old book covered in a sheet of wrinkled human skin is going under the hammer in a bizarre auction.

Now, believe it or not, that isn't what I'm thinking of here. Admittedly it's unusual, but here's what I found really interesting:

The practice, known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, had a novelty value hundreds of years ago. The most popular were court reports of murders that were covered in the skin of the perpetrator. (emphasis added)

I doubt the practice would serve as a deterrent to those who would commit a capital offense in the short term, but long term, I just have to wonder....

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