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Library’s special collections home to a skin-crawling read

Daily Helmsman – “As the special collections curator carefully handled the book bound with human skin, he talked about the distinct waxy smell of the 400 year old skin covering the outside of the book. The cover of the book has visible human pores. There are no pictures or words, just the tanned leather that used to be the skin off someone’s back. The Ned McWherter Library’s special collections section is home to the book titled, “Idolatrie Huguenotre” which translates to “Huguenots Idolatry.” The author, Louis Richeome, a Catholic controversialist, wrote the text as testimony to his belief that Huguenots, or Protestants, are not “real Christians,” said Ed Frank, curator of special collections.”

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