Old Book Smell
Did you know?
"Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the
weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely
related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years,
it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence
has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good
quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for
knowledge in all of us."
~Perfumes: The Guide
Thank you, John Sokol, for providing this interesting information. I love all bookstores and can easily spend hours in them.. It is true that the bookstores holding all those wonderful old books have a certain smell that we book lovers can't help but be drawn to. I find that the new bookstores all smell of coffee and this is a welcoming smell too. I sincerely hope the future does not show us the death of the bookstore due to the birth of the electronic book.
~photo by Audrey