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Mostly, I just wanted to share. But I'm curious if anyone has heard of this and if it was a common practice. Ugh!
reply to post by Aleister
I read about that. It was bound in asbestos because its fire proof (obviously the joke being the book is about book burning in the future).
One recently went to auction for quite a bit of money. Id love to have a copy of that first edition.
Happened as recently as NAZI germany.
There have been a few cases of lapshads and other house hold items bring found to have been made out of human skin.
Now those things I heard of, but not these books. How horrible for anyone to use human flesh for such purposes.
Although in most cases, including in the recent example of the NAZI desk lamp, further analysis has determined that the leather used was in fact calf skin. Over the years, the object would easily have been contaminated by the DNA of those who handled the object, and its not always easy to distinguish between actual human skin and contamination. DNA degrades over time so it would prove extremely difficult to say with any certainty what creature the leather may have come from originally. In the case of the NAZI table lamp, it took several tests to establish that the skin used was not in fact human, even though tests made previously, before further DNA analysis advancements, had established, in the opinion of the testers that the skin was human.