Is there really a single old-book smell?

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This isn’t truly about poetry, but it’s literary, & the smell of old books is wonderful, so I’m posting it anyway. 😉 It’s about an experiment at the Morgan Library & Museum.

What’s That Smell? Rare Books and Artifacts From a 1906 Library  – Randy Kennedy – New York Times – 3/3/17

Ms. Nelson, who has worked at the Morgan for 26 years, said: “One of the reasons I was very drawn to working with this project was that for years people have come to me and said: ‘Oh God, it must smell so great where you work! I remember that old book smell from my favorite library so well.’ Everybody has some sort of olfactory memory of a library that probably had an effect on their lives.”

She added: “For me as a librarian, I’ve always thought about the question: Is there really a single old-book smell? I feel very strongly that there’s not, and now I’m going to get to see the proof.”

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