To paraphrase Shoeless Joe, have you ever held a book to your face? Smelled it, inhaled the wonderful smell of old paper and ink? For bibliophiles it’s an almost religious experience. (For those with allergies it’s a ticket to snotsville.)
Anyway, here’s an excellent video from across the pond, where there are more old books than people, to explain exactly what that smell is.
BTW, that one’s the end mid-life of a book. Earlier we posted about the birth of a book.
h/t Johnny Geller