April 20, 2024



Harvard removes book binding made from dead woman’s skin from library

ABC News

By Leah Sarnoff
March 28, 2024, 6:06 PM

For nearly a century, the hallowed halls of Harvard University’s Houghton Library had a book bound by human skin among the Ivy League’s collection of 20 million books — until a recent decision to remove it.

Arsène Houssaye’s “Des destinées de l’âme” was published in 1879, however, the volume in question was bound in human skin by French physician Dr. Ludovic Bouland and has been in the University’s collection since 1934, according to Harvard’s announcement Wednesday.

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