Zerschnittenes

Überwiegend Einzelblätter und Teile aus Handschriften enthält der Auktionskatalog von Sotheby’s, unter eanderem eine lange vermisste Bergwerksdarstellung aus Kuttenberg:

http://catalogue.sothebys.com/auctions/L09741/pdf_lowres/L09741-catalogue.pdf

Update: Das Stück wurde vom Mittelböhmischen Kreis erworben
http://www.radio.cz/de/artikel/123120

Via
http://septentrio.blogspot.com/2009/12/in-den-minen-von-moria.html

Analysis of Book Smells

A new testing method can rapidly determine the condition of old books and documents by analyzing the bouquet of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by paper off-gassing. The technology promises to help conservators assess the condition of old works quickly, while not harming the documents.

http://news.discovery.com/history/old-books-paper-chemical-test.html

Please note that the correct name of the UCL researcher is Matija Strlič

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainableheritage/strlic.html

Here is the link to an OA-paper of 2007:

http://mdpi.org/sensors/papers/s7123136.pdf

In September 2009 an toll access article was published on the „smell of old books“:

Anal. Chem., 2009, 81 (20), pp 8617–8622
DOI: 10.1021/ac9016049
Publication Date (Web): September 17, 2009

Matija Strlič was so kind to answer my question whether the analysis could be used for datation or provenance research:

„Theoretically, both provenancing and dating should be possible, however, I doubt that a very accurate method could be developed on the basis of VOCs, unless the object was made using a material (glue, covers, ink, etc) with an identifiable and very specific VOC fingerprint.“