Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1968,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 160pp. Archon Books, Item #27398
A series of essays examine the oddities of bookbinding materials, the most famous book thieves of history, the role of book curses in protecting libraries and their contents, and most spectacularly the use of human skin in the book arts - "anthropodermic bibliopegy." Dr. Thompson's purpose is to entertain and inform on the "maledictions" and foibles of the book lover. Scuffing to jacket, book fine and clean. Laid in is a letter from a member of the faculty of University of Wisconsin sending this book to a friend and recounting a few interesting tales of Lawrence Thompson during his tenure at Chapel Hill.