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robbie_dee
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posted 09 April 2006 02:03 AM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Associated Press

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LONDON - A 300-year-old book that appears to be bound in human skin has been found in northern England, police said Saturday.

The macabre discovery was made on a central street in Leeds, and officers said the ledger may have been dumped following a burglary.

Detectives were trying to trace its rightful owner and believe it may have been taken from a dwelling in the area.


Anyone else read H.P. Lovecraft? Because my first thought was that this was the Necronomicon, although the AP article provides a more rational explanation later on.

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Papal Bull
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posted 10 April 2006 11:18 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you think that it could be HAUNTED?
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Nikita
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posted 10 April 2006 12:59 PM      Profile for Nikita     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gross!

I don't know why I find this so repulsive, I suppose it isn't that different from using cow skin for things. Not that I own any leather garments; wearing leather gives me the heebie-jeebies.


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jeff house
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posted 10 April 2006 05:50 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The story does not refer to any authority for the suggestion that the book is bound in human skin.

Why would we believe that it is? Because a police officer says so?

I have never heard of the practice they refer to. I am extremely sceptical about this story.


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Kindly Wise
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posted 10 April 2006 06:05 PM      Profile for Kindly Wise     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There are books bound in

human hide even in North American libraries.

Maybe the cover of this ledger has a tattoo of some patriotic slogan or ornamentation that a cow or pig would be unlikely to have. (For that matter, how many people do you know that have "Little, Brown & Co" or "Penguin Press" tattoed on their chest, back or buttocks?)

And, really, 1700 isn't exactly ancient, just old. Older than me, at least, which is saying a lot.


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jeff house
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posted 10 April 2006 06:29 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for that link. There is useful information there. I don't at all think that 1700 is very long ago; on the contrary it is nearly modern.

I was trying to imagine a publisher doing this; the link suggests it was done (on those rare occasions when it WAS done) by doctors who used the skins of cadavers they were dissecting (probably illegally.)

So I am less skeptical than before. Still, there is no source for the suggestion that it is HUMAN skin. I know many other types of animal skins were used in books. A few years ago, a gnostic gospel was analysed to determine the type of animal skin used in its pages. The DNA analysis showed that it was the skin of a cheetah.


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Sven
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posted 13 April 2006 02:36 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Eewww!!
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Critical Mass2
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