November 16, 2009

"The sweet serenity of books"

I came across this really interesting article from the Guardian (via the always enlightening perfume blog Now Smell This) about the mustiness of old books, why they smell so fantastic, and how the complex chemicals in a book's scent can aid the efforts of conservation. Pretty cool.

In case you're curious, the title of this post comes from a Longfellow quote I happen to cherish: "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."

{Photo and article via the Guardian}


Mary-Laure said...

Beautiful verse by Longfellow... I love old books. The smellier the better.

marzipan said...

This is why I don't own a kindle...there is a definitive sensory enjoyment to the feel and the smell of a book..and yes, the older the better.