At last, here’s your chance to make scents of very old books

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At last, here’s your chance to make scents of very old books

Fans of antiquarian books are in for a treat as library reproduces aromas of historic tomes and parchments

Simon de Bruxelles

As any lover of old books knows, e-readers and Kindles just cannot compete with sticking your nose in the yellowing pages of a leather-bound volume.

Now the experience of smelling the mellow aroma of aged bindings and the vanilla-like scent exuded by paper made centuries ago has been recreated for antiquarian books in an exhibition at a historic library.

For the first time, researchers have been able to extract the smell from books in the collection of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and bottle it...

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