Thursday, April 14, 2011

A book made by human skin

The book "The Poetical Works" includes English poet's John Milton's poems. Paradise Lost is also found here, which is one of his most famous work. The book referred here is one of a kind since the leather which binds it together is made with human skin.  

George Cudmore was executed by hanging in March 1830 for allegedly poisoning his mistress Sarah Dunn. A little while after his execution in Exeter his soulless body was ripped of its flesh and part of it was found in Mr. W. Clifford's hands, who had a bookshop near the area where the hanging took place. It is evident that this book is a unique, unusual and cruel creation, but without this story it would have remained a mystery. However it does not seem, easily, that its origins derive from a human.

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