Books That Give New Meaning to ‘Creepy”

In a story best suited to the horror genre, Harvard University has made a rather gruesome discovery. Hidden within several of the university’s library’s the Countway Library of Medicine, the Landgdell Law Library and the Houghton Collection, were three books “bound in human hide”.

The content of the three books are vastly different. A book on medieval law, one on French philosophy, and oddly enough one on Roman poetry. The book titled Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias comes with an inscription on its final page to the person whose flesh was used.

From the Harvard Crimson: The book’s 794th and final page includes an inscription in purple cursive: ‘the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.’

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,024FansLike
3,238FollowersFollow
10,200SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertisment

Don't Miss

Penguin Random House & We Need Diverse Books Launch the Black Creatives Fund

0
Together with We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Black Creatives Fund, an initiative with a mission of supporting emerging...

MEET THE AUTHOR: LAWNA MACKIE

0
FEBRUARY IS FOR ROMANCE AUTHORS! MEET LAWNA MACKIE My name is Lawna and I’m an avid romance reader and author. I wanted to share something about...

There’s a Book for That: Library Lovers Month

0
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” – Walter Cronkite Don’t we love our libraries?...

Program for “Waffes + Mochi,” a New Netflix Kids Series

0
Random House Children’s Books and Clarkson Potter will launch a program based on the new Netflix children’s series, Waffles + Mochi, from Higher Ground Productions, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production...

NBA SUPERSTAR CHRIS PAUL TO PUBLISH BOOK WITH ST. MARTIN’S PRESS

0
It was announced today that Phoenix Suns point guard, ten-time NBA All Star, and president of the National Basketball Players Association Chris Paul will...

SNEAK PEEK: Explorer Academy: The Tiger’s Nest (Book 5) (Explorer Academy, 5)

0
Explorer Academy: The Tiger's Nest (Book 5) (Explorer Academy, 5) On an island nation in the Indian Ocean, the explorers venture through a vast...

BOOK REVIEW: “THE BITTERROOTS” BY C.J. BOX

0
BOOK REVIEW: “THE BITTERROOTS” BY C.J. BOX After the events of the last book, Cassie Dewell has moved her family (mother, Isabel, and 14 year old...

SNEAK PEEK: THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON BY SUSAN MALLERY

0
The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery Already a worldwide success in mass market and trade paperback formats, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery’s...

SNEAK PEEK: MEANT TO BE BY JUDE DEVERAUX

0
Meant To Be by Jude Deveraux An inspiring new family saga by New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux Two headstrong sisters are bound by tradition but long to...

MEET THE AUTHOR: IRENE HANNON

0
MEET IRENE HANNON CORPORATE JET-SETTER AND AWARD WINNING ROMANCE AUTHOR Bestselling, award-winning author Irene Hannon took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of...