Looking for the smell of the old leather-bound book
by, 8th January 2013 at 04:32 PM (6048 Views)
In an art college library, A librarian introduced the book to me and said that this book had a faint scent of something wonderful.
The book was "Manuel Typographique" by Pierre Simon Fournier.
I brought it to my nose with white gloves, I barely caught the aroma something sweet and a little acerbic from the signatures. Opening the cover, it became more clear on the endpaper of the beautiful marbling-paper.
I asked the librarian how it came but he said he hadn't any idea.
I didn't find out how the scent comes depending on whether the condition of conservation or manufacturing process, or any other reasons.
With this book scent as a start I got interested in the world of fragrances though I hadn't habit of it before.
Before long, I began to imagine that the book had been stored in the room burned on the amazing fragrance incense somewhere in Europe. So I thought that 34 saint german Diptyque may be similar to the scent.
The book opened only once in a year because it is closed shelves. In this autumn I smelled it again but it was off the mark. It was not so sweet than 34 saint german, a little more dry.
Some young students with me said "it smell raisins!" and "kind of dried fruits!"
Oh my, her young noses must be work sharp than mine. What is the scent like dried fruits? Is it resinous odor? Myrrh!?
I focus on the marbling paper on the endpapers. After checking the words "marble paper"+"myrrh" by internet, I could find some companies makes marbling paper with aroma. And now, my book scent searching is dead end. I'm waiting for the next time to be opened the book learning more about fragrances.
(Pardon my English)
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