Nov. 13, 2021

Book Talk: Dark Archives

Join librarian and author Megan Rosenbloom as she takes us into the bookishly macabre world of anthropodermic bibliopegy - or books bound in human skin - with readings from her debut book Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

In conversation with Mütter Museum co-director and curator,  Anna Dhody and library colleagues, they'll dive into what these books tell us about the history of medicine in Philadelphia, the book as object and the patient as objectified, medical and museum ethics, and new scientific methods of learning about old books. They will also discuss the individual histories of the five human skin books at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Historical Medical Library that make this building the home of the largest collection of confirmed anthropodermic books in the world. These books will be on display at the event along with other related unusual book art examples.

Interested in purchasing your own copy of Dark Archives? After adding the event to your cart, please check off the box saying "Please reserve a book for me to purchase" under the Registration Information. Books will be reserved and held in the museum store. Rosenbloom will be available to sign copies of Dark Archives at the end of the event. 

Interested in visiting the Mütter Museum? Museum admission is not included with the event, however, museum tickets can be purchased online for the day of the event. Purchase your museum ticket today! Tickets often sell out on weekends so we recommend purchasing as soon as possible.

Museum Members and College Fellows: When you sign in at the top of the page or register, you'll receive 20% off your ticket once it's added to the cart!


Please note:  

The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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