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25 May 2011

{smell} literary style


old book stores
libraries
a new book
an old musty tome

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Give me the smell of parchment, old public libraries, yellowed books, fresh ink, an old-fashioned typewriter, leather-bound tomes......

the smell of stories.

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Poe - Cardamom, Absynthe & Sandalwood

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Paper Passion created by Geza Schön, will be sold encased within a hard-cover book entitled Paper Passion. The creators see the packaging concept as a throwback to the times when British aristocrats liked to hide their whiskey in hollowed books.

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In the Library, by CB I Hate perfume - is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish.


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Not convinced about smelling like a library myself, but I'm sold on invoking an author's aura in the room whilst curling up with their stories. Sounds like bliss to me.


Do you prefer the scent of an old or a new book?

20 comments:

  1. ahh...i truly enjoy both...it just depends on what mood i am in, i suppose. an old book smells of so much intriguing history, doesn't it? but, a new book always smells so lovely & inviting :)
    p.s. i love your style and have passed on the stylish blogger award to you...you can see it on my post today :)

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  2. bonjour
    je découvre votre site et waaaou, un vrai bonheur de voir tant de choses que j aime réunies sur une meme page! merci du partage et a très bientôt! ;)
    jess

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  3. What a great post. I love the smell of old books. I consider a used book store one of the sexiest places for a date : ) All those characters, love stories and passions, coupled with the unique people who may have read them ...

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  4. wow - I've never heard of such a thing! I love the smell of books, libraries, old bindings too.(but I have to agree with your husband - I love the new-magazine smell too!)

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  5. a library candle?! i'm in love! i agree, i love the smell of books. and mark always smells his right after he opens it everytime haha :)

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  6. Did you here about the girl at the mocca.. putting her nose in every book on every shelve, and documenting each remnant scent in her ... library book smell diary?

    Cheers!

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  7. ooh Katie, sounds you have stories... ;)

    No never heard of her Teri, how interesting!

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  8. Just love the sound of those Poe candles! Hey maybe with the perfume, you could always spray it on new books to fast-track that old scent ; )

    Old book scents are for me too. Most definitely. I have an old copy (1911) of a collection of Romantic poets I picked up at a second-hand store when I was 17, and I love to pull it off my bookshelf and have a great huff of it every now and then. It's transporting.

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  9. old book shops everytime for me :-)
    nice feel here..will explore more tomorrow.

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  10. I honestly do love the smell of new books. Old books too, but not the musty old books smell. Have you noticed that different old books smell differently? I think it has mostly to do with the paper. Regardless, stick me around books and I'm happy.

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  11. I love the smell of new books. A new journal, I always flipped through the pages when im inside a bookstore, close my eyes and smell it. Ooo...so nice.

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  12. yes Brandi, charity/thrift store books have a unique smell, for example.

    Herbit, that sounds like a gorgeous book!

    welcome ari and mice

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  13. hmmmm, new vs. old. I love both of them, in different ways, for different reasons. New books smell like freshness and excitement, new adventures! Old books smell like comfort and history, they have their own story behind them. Good question.

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  14. Both! Preferably old, I suppose, but still--both. I'm a sucker for stuff like this--I want a Poe diffuser and candle for next autumn!

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  15. What a fabulous concept.

    I must admit that opening the pages of a new book, feeling the crisp paper under my fingertips and inhaling the 'new' smell is a gift that I truly relish.

    That having been said I treasure old books for similar but opposite reasons, wondering how many hands have turned the pages before me and what scents have imbued the pages with their own memories.

    Happy day to you, I'm thrilled that you stopped by and left a comment today, it has meant that I've been able to discover your own wonderful space.

    xx Felicity

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  16. Both, but in different ways. The old books because they "lived" and have a history; the new ones because the pages are crisp, fresh and full of possibilities.

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  17. I love the smell of both old and new books - the fragrance of books, that is :) I am not a big magazine person though. When we get a new book (not necessarily a new copy but a new book because it is a new arrival at our home) at home, I and my mom always take in its fragrance.

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  18. have you read the book 'perfume' by Patrick Süskind. it's a little dark - well a lot dark -

    Brief review:
    "The novel explores the sense of smell, and its relationship with the emotional meaning that scents may carry. The story is of identity, communication and the morality of the human.

    After reading this book never thought about scents in quiet the same way again.

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  19. ooh, yes I have thanks Clare, as well as Emperor of Scent.

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  20. i am with you
    i love all of these
    i am all senses

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