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Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin | Megan Rosenbloom
A fascinating, terrifying look at the rarest booksbound in human skinand the stories of their creation There are books out there, some shelved unwittingly next to ordinary texts, that are bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand? In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom, a medical librarian and a cofounder of the Death Salon, seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy. Dozens of these books still sit on the shelves of the worlds most famous libraries and museums. What are their stories? Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the doctors, murderers, women, and indigents whose lives are bound together in this rare, scattered, and disquieting collection. It also tells the story of the scientists, curators, and librarians like Rosenbloom?interested in the full complicated histories behind these dark artifacts of nineteenth-century medicine?are developing tests to discover these books and sorting through the ethics of custodianship. A whip-smart and witty writer, Rosenbloom has crafted a narrative that is equal parts detective work, academic intrigue, history, and medical curiosity. Thrilling, captivating, and macabre in all the right ways, Dark Archives encourages us to take another look at the very serious ways in which the powerful have objectified people over time?perfect for fans of Mary Roach, Lindsey Fitzharris, and the art of collecting.
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quietjenn
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Happy #hauntedhollowswap day! Thank you so much for the awesome package, @Laughterhp - I love everything! The monster socks are just the cutest and I'm so excited to dive into these books! And I promise to pace myself with the candy 😉. Thanks also to @wanderinglynn for making it all happen! #hhs

BrittanyReads I loved Hoodoo! 1mo
Laughterhp Aren‘t the socks just awesome! I wanted to get some for myself after I saw them! I‘m glad you like everything! And I‘m glad the mug made it in 1 piece, I was worried. 1mo
Crazeedi What a lovely swap package! 1mo
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DinoMom Great package!!! 1mo
quietjenn @Laughterhp yep, all good and safe planning to use it tomorrow, whilst wearing monster socks and reading a short story! Thanks so much 🙂 1mo
quietjenn @BrittanyReads I've heard great things about it and an looking forward to it! 1mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 Those socks are fantastic! 🖤 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen Dark Archives is good! And Dark Tales! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen I'm excited about that one! I remember you reading it, then a girl I work with was talking about it not long after that. 1mo
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akaGingerK
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The author really makes all the difference in a book like this. Despite urban legends, the majority of books confirmed to be made from humans were created by 19th c doctors during the rise of clinical distance - the idea that the body on the autopsy table is an object to be studied rather than a human. In the author‘s attempts to identify, respect, and re-humanize the people behind the books, she also provides hope in our capacity for empathy.

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perfectsinner
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#bookmail from one of my best bookish BFFs 💝
Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom

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Thndrstd
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Rosenbloom is a rare book & medical librarian who seeks out anthropodermic bibliopegy, i.e., books bound in human skin. There are many reported accounts of books in libraries & private collections. Her team investigates using scientific testing. Most turn out to be false. But there are some that are true (she identifies 17). The book is interesting with many asides about the history, ethics, and science of using human skin to bind books.

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LeahBergen
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I‘m thoroughly engrossed in my current read, this look into the history of anthropodermic bibliopegy (books bound in human skin).

Highly recommended for those of you with an interest in the history of the book and the book as physical object. 👌

Soubhiville Yes! I thought this was fascinating. 5mo
saresmoore Um, what? I did not know that was a thing! 5mo
Shmemilina We had one of them at my college library! We‘d always have people walking in asking to see it after they mentioned it on the college tour. 😂 5mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘ll pass, thanks. 😳 5mo
kspenmoll I had no idea that books were bound with human skin!!!! 5mo
DivineDiana This is shocking! 😲😵😱 5mo
Cathythoughts Dark archives indeed … 😳 5mo
tpixie Wow! What history can tell and teach us! 5mo
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Tianarose
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I‘m quite certain a fellow litten (don‘t remember who) posted something about the tagged book and ignited my curiosity, so naturally when it came up while checking out a local bookshop I couldn‘t help myself. Along with a couple other interesting finds.

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ThePageantHam
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That final sentence is such an ominous way to segue into the body (pun somewhat intended) of the book, and I'm here for it. 💀

Also, I'm a sucker for titles that naturally lend themselves to portmanteau...Darkives, anyone? ☺

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Jen2
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So interesting!!!!

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LostInSpace
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What a strange, interesting and bizarre read.

Totally up my street, full of history, full of weird and wonderful tales of how books bound in human skin came to be and something that could be horrifying could also be a way to immortalise yourself forever.

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Story_Wanderer
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Very informative read and a must if you‘re a deathling! There may have been a few slightly dry spots but not enough to make me want to put the book down. Some great history and stories in this book.

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StellaDz
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Sometimes you don‘t know you need to know about something, until you see a random book cover ... this is that book. Books bound in human skin. Who‘d have thought there would be so much history, speculation, and science behind it. It was quite fascinating. While it is certainly a darker topic, this is a wonderfully light and quick read. Well-written, interesting and educational.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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RainyDayReading
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First book of 2021 done and it was great! The information presented was fascinating and it included far more than just the history of books bound in human skin. It discusses aspects of medical history particularly concerning consent, censorship and challenges librarians face when housing these books in their collections, the ethical and moral dilemmas presented by these books, are the human remains or cultural artifacts? 👇🏻

RainyDayReading Insightful, thought provoking, humorous at times and overall a great read. If you enjoy Caitlin Doughty‘s stuff (Will My Cat Eat my Eyeballs) you should definitely check this out! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! I‘m trying to be better with them but it‘s hard with the text limit 😅 11mo
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TheAromaofBooks I know I end up with reviews that are multiple-comments long 😂 I'm way too rambly for this format!! 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks You and me both! It‘s really annoying when you‘re just one letter over the limit 😤 11mo
bibliobliss Now that sounds interesting!! ☠️ 11mo
RainyDayReading @Readage It was fascinating! 11mo
bibliobliss @RainyDayReading I think I'll add it to my TBR 11mo
RainyDayReading @Readage I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 11mo
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StellaDz
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Loving this so far! Maybe it should have been obvious but.... don‘t read this while eating?? 😳 #currentlylistening

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StaceyKondla
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Finished reading Dark Archives and it was an excellent fusion of books, history, and science. While the book is about anthropodermic bibliopegy, it does not glamourize or fetishize books bound in human skin. The author takes a close look at how these books came to be, what we can learn from them, and the ethics involved with objects made out of humans. It was highly readable and I highly recommend it. #goodbooks #reading #lovebooksaboutbooks

CaliforniaCay I didn't know this was a thing, and I'm strangely intrigued 🤔 stacked! 11mo
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StaceyKondla
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Starting a day of relaxation with coffee and books. I‘m almost finished Dark Archives and hope to make a dent in The Dark Library today.

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SkeletonKey
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Current audiobook. All about books bound in human skin. Very interesting history.

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Conservio
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Finished Dark Archives last night. It‘s about a medical librarian investigating books that are supposedly bound in human skin. She‘s part of a larger project , the Anthropodermic Book Project, and they have found 18 books so far. A lot of them were bound in the 1800s and were for doctors. #nonfiction #librarian #bookaboutbooks

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StellarDoc
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#FantasticStrangelings book club time! Tonight's guest is Megan Rosenbloom, author of Dark Archives -- a fascinating book!

Soubhiville Oh shoot I forgot about this! Hopefully it‘ll be up on her YouTube and I‘ll watch it tomorrow! 12mo
StellarDoc @Soubhiville They said they were going to post it on YouTube, so I'm sure it'll be up soon, as long as the recording went well! 12mo
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Conservio
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Megan Rosenbloom appeared in the #ologies podcast last month discussing this book and her work with books made from skin. Dr. Daniel Kirby also makes an appearance in the podcast. #death #booksaboutbooks

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 242 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

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mklong
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Rosenbloom takes us into the darkest corner of rare book collections. She gets into the science behind confirming anthropodermic binding and the historical context of the creation of several of them. Why would anyone create something so gruesome? Or lie about having done so? The reasons are often surprising and often not (ahem, detached white male privilege), but Rosenbloom weaves it all into an unputdownable book.

mklong Completely a blame @leahbergen book! I‘m so glad that you *made* me buy it 12mo
mklong @moll This is definitely the weirdest one on your #NewYearWhoDis list! I hesitated to put it on the list because I was afraid you would think I was crazy 😂 12mo
Moll @mklong Hahaha @Emilymdxn were going through your list and came across this one...certainly sounds interesting!😂 May actually be one of my picks! 12mo
Moll *Emily and I 12mo
LeahBergen Ooo, I may have to actually read it soon! 😆 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This was such a weird and fascinating book with very accessible language despite being very science and medicine focused. Was not expecting all the analysis of obtaining skin and the issues with racism and consent. Solid 5 ⭐

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As a librarian, I am too curious to not give this a read

Moonprismpower Ha! I bought this for my library. I hope you like it bc I want to read it. 12mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @Moonprismpower it was great! Super interesting 12mo
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StellarDoc
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This handsome young man and I are doing some reading before bedtime. #CatsOfLitsy #ReadingCompanion #SamuelLCatson

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Linsy
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Thanks for a great #nfn2020! I wasn‘t great at checking in, but I got through a bunch of my non-fiction TBR!! And got inspired to catch up on my documentaries. So many good ones! It definitely cut into my reading time, but in the best of ways. 💕

Lucy_Anywhere I love your index cards - such a neat system! 12mo
Linsy Thanks! I got the idea from a book blogger at some point. It helps me keep things straight! 12mo
tdrosebud I also l love your index cards. Plus using a habit tracker is such a good idea for something like this. I'm going to try and remember that for next year. 12mo
Clwojick I love the habit tracker! 😍 12mo
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StellarDoc
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Reading whilst waiting for a teleheath visit to begin. #FantasticStrangelings

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Anthropodermic bibliopegy. Certainly not two words that I thought I would ever add to my vocabulary much less understand. But they're two words that will take you down an intriguing and macabre path. Reader this book is not for the faint of heart. It's the study of books bound in human skin. This is as much a study of medical ethics across the years and detective work to pull back the veil of this strange collection, as it is anything else.

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Linsy
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I finally learn what a bookworm is! 📚🐛
#til #nfn2020

GingerAntics It‘s actually a real thing? 12mo
Linsy Apparently! There are bugs that eat books, who knew?! 12mo
Milara They should better not come near my books! This reminds me of the 'book scare' at the beginning of the 20th century, especially in the US; they were terrified that library books carried germs and contributed to the spread of epidemics. 12mo
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Soubhiville
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Everything I‘ve ever wanted to know but didn‘t know I wanted to know about books bound in human skin. Plus a ton of other info about other body preservations done by history‘s doctors, often without consent of the deceased.

This was November‘s #FantasticStrangelings book, chosen for the bookclub by Jenny Lawson. It was my first nonfiction with the group and I enjoyed it.

Also my #doublespin for November. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds disturbing!!! 12mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! I can‘t wait to get to it now. 👍🏻 12mo
Linsy This was sooo good!!! 10mo
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Soubhiville
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#NovelNovember @Andrew65

I‘ve gotten in a bit of reading in between panels of the Texas Book Festival, which wraps up today.

I‘m spending this morning with Dark Archives- a librarian‘s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin. It‘s this month‘s #fantasticstrangelings book.

My goals for the week are to finish The Mothers and Dark Archives and flit in and out of Fool‘s Fate in between.

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 13mo
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LeahBergen
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Today‘s book mail!

The author, a medical librarian, takes a look at the history of ‘anthropodermic bibliopegy‘ (the practice of binding books in human skin) and forms a team of scientists to test books that are rumoured to be anthropodermic.

How fascinating does this sound?? 😮😮

#BooksAboutBooks

rubyslippersreads 😳😳😳 13mo
Soubhiville Yay! I‘m excited to receive my copy soon for this month‘s Fantastic Strangelings Bookclub book! 13mo
BookNAround There‘s a recent Ologies podcast episode on this very subject. I haven‘t listened yet because I‘m almost a year behind on my podcasts but I do love this one almost every time. 13mo
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readordierachel Whoa. Fascinating. Gorgeous cover too! Hopefully not made of human skin 😬 13mo
ValerieAndBooks Fascinating yes but creepy 😳. Can‘t believe that would even be a thing. 13mo
ValerieAndBooks And that book on the right isn‘t.... ??!! One more question. Do they do DNA analysis to try to figure out who...? Wow, so many questions. 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read an article about something like this. Fascinating indeed! 13mo
Cathythoughts Oh creepy 😳... what is this all about?!! Look forward to hearing more ( I think 😬 13mo
mklong Well, now that I know it exists, I must read it! 13mo
Centique Super creepy - but fascinating too! 13mo
LeahBergen @Soubhiville Now THAT sounds like a good book subscription! 13mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, thanks! I‘ll check it out! 13mo
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks No, the one on the right is calf skin (as far as I can tell!). I‘m assuming they are only running tests to see if the binding is human vs animal but 🤷🏻‍♀️. I‘ll let you know! 13mo
LeahBergen @mklong You must. 😆 13mo
LeahBergen @Centique It looks to be quite a scientific (not totally salacious) look at the subject. 13mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! 😬 13mo
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Nebklvr
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Oh dear

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