anthropodermic bibliopegy

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Apr 9 14:08:35 UTC 2006

Will OED3 add "anthropodermic"?  (And OED2 doesn't have
"bibliophage", only "bibliophagist".)


P.S.  (Perhaps it was owned by a bibliophage, who left it in the
rubbish because it wasn't to his taste?)

>This, from the BBC:
>Police plea on macabre book find
>Police are trying to locate the owner of a 300-year-old ledger,
>bound in human skin, found in a Leeds road.
>Written mainly in French, its macabre covering was said to be a
>regular sight during the French Revolution.
>In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was common to bind accounts of
>murder trials in the killer's skin - known as anthropodermic bibliopegy.
>The book was discovered in The Headrow and may have been discarded
>after a burglary, detectives said.
>They said the book may have been stolen in West or North Yorkshire.
>They are appealing to anyone who may have information, or who may
>have owned the ledger, to contact them.
>Many older libraries have examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy in
>their collection.

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