A book bound in human skin is currently inside one of the libraries at Harvard University, the school’s library blog site confirmed on Wednesday. The 19th-century book entitled “Des destinées de l’ame,” which talks about the human soul and life after death, was tested by Harvard’s conservators and scientists, and they are 99% confident that the binding is of human’s skin.
According to Houghton Library’s post, the book was written by Arene Houssaye, and was given to Dr. Ludovic Bouland as a gift. Bouland then bound the book with skin of a female mental patient who had died of a stroke.
On a note, Bouland explained that he bound the book with a human skin because a “book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering.”
Similar tests were also made on books at Harvard that were believed to be bound in human skin, but only the Des destinées de l’ame was tested positive, and the rest appeared to be bound in sheepskin.