Odd Book Bindings-Human Skin Used to Bind a Collection of Medical Books"

From the Los Angeles Herald, May 29, 1904:

     “According to the Critic the late Dr. F. Stockton-Hough of Trenton, N.J., who left a valuable medical library in several languages, had a fancy for bindings made of human skin. He owned at least six books thus bound. One of them, ‘Catalogue des Sciences Medicales Bibliotheque Nationale a Paris’ (1857-73), is a large, very thick quarto, half bound in skin from the back of a man. The texture is quite coarse and does not even suggest human skin. On the flyleaf of a second book, ‘Cowper on Impregnation’ (1879), the owner wrote: ‘Bound in leather tanned from the skin-the thigh of Maria L., affected with encrysted trichne, who died of consumption in the Philadelphia hospital. She was an Irish widow, aged 28 years.’ Marie L. furnished the binding for another book also, ‘Das Buch der Liebe, oder das Geschlechtsleben in seinem ganzem Umfange.’ The third piece of the leather tanned skin of Maria L. covers Barles’ ‘Parties de Louyse Bourgeois,’ the famous French midwife, a 12mo., is also bound in the skin of Maria L. A valuable private library in New York contains a book bound in human skin presented to Dr. Stockton-Hough to the owner. Drelincourt’s ‘De Conceptione Adversaria,’ a 12mo., is half bound in tattooed skin from the wrist of a man who died in the Philadelphia hospital. Dr. Stockton-Hough tanned the skin himself.”