A view from the margin: cataloguing antiquarian books freelance

Who doesn’t love the smell old books? You know, that slightly musty and rich smell of books marbleleather bindings, the faint whiff of sweetness rising from handmade paper … In the age of e-books, e-journals and digitisation projects, it is sometimes easy to forget that primal feeling of opening an old book that perhaps was last opened decades, if not centuries before, and inhaling that special ‘old book’ smell (having checked for mould first obviously). Continue reading