It is confirmed that Harvard has a book with a cover made from human skin. The announcement related to that extraordinary book cover was made by one of the curators who examined a book titled Des destinées de l’ame (Destinies of The Soul) and published around the 1880s. It has been placed in Harvard’s Houghton Library since the 1930s and attached a note from the donor, which said in French that the book was bound in human skin.

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The book cover is said to be made from a piece of a woman’s back skin with no decoration added to preserve the original beauty.

Specifically, the book cover is said to be made from a piece of a woman’s back skin with no decoration added to preserve the original beauty. The donor believed that a book about the human soul deservedly had a human covering because different aspects of the skin, like the soul, could appear if the reader changed their view. Additionally, it was also mentioned in the note that the initial owner of the book also had a small collection of other similar ones in Sever.

According to the curators from Harvard, the act of making human-skin book cover was not something too strange in the past, appeared at least in the 15th century. For many reasons, this type of book cover was used to commemorate the dead and considered as anthropodermic bibliopegy.

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For many reasons, this type of book cover was used to commemorate the dead and considered as "anthropodermic bibliopegy".

Many people supposed that the owner of Des destinées de l’ame had taken the back skin of an abandoned psycho female patient who had died from a stroke. The other book mentioned in the note, which titled Séverin Pineau’s De integritatis & corruptionis virginum notis, is currently kept in the Wellcome Library.

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The other book mentioned in the note, which titled Séverin Pineau’s De integritatis & corruptionis virginum notis, is currently kept in the Wellcome Library.

Despite being aware of the special book period ago, Harvard has just confirmed the origin of it after such a long time conducting their investigation. Through that process, researchers identified proteins by analyzing peptides within a sample of the bookbinding.

By doing that, they can cross out almost everything except several primates. Then they continued the analyzing process, seeing how the peptides were constructed until found out that only a human origin can be the key to their big question.

Bill Lane, the director of the university’s Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Resource Laboratory also confirmed this information based on the achieved analytical data, along with the provenance of Des destinées de l’ame. 

For God’s sake, Des destinées de l’ame is currently the only book to be covered with human skin throughout all of Harvard libraries. Two other books were also supposed to have human-skin binding but turned out, they were confirmed to be made from sheepskin.