Monday, January 09, 2006
"Some of nation's best libraries have books bound in human skin" titelt M. L. Johnson am 7. Jänner im Boston Globe. Laura Hartman, "rare book cataloger" der National Library of Medicine, wird zitiert: "The best libraries then belonged to private collectors. Some were doctors who had access to skin from amputated parts and patients whose bodies were not claimed. They found human leather to be relatively cheap, durable and waterproof". Sam Streit, director of Brown's John Hay Library, ergänzt; "In other cases, wealthy bibliophiles may have acquired the skin from criminals who were executed, cadavers used in medical schools and people who died in the poor house". Quelle: Library link of the day.