Anthropodermic Bibliopegy: Books Bound in Human Skin and the Stories Behind Them
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
Due to their macabre and grisly nature, anthropodermic bibliopegy–or books bound in human skin–have been treated as curios and overlooked as objects of serious study. Most were created as examples or warnings, but some specific titles were sought out to be rebound in human leather by faddish collectors. Daniel K. Smith has examined, photographed and researched examples at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, The Grolier Club and The John Hay Library at Brown University, and found fascinating histories that illuminate worlds as diverse as grave-robbing, the King of Belgium, New England highwaymen, and the 19th Century Parisian aristocracy. Please join us tonight as he shares the fruits of his research in this lavishly illustrated lecture.