I adore books. They are this fantastic technology that allows us to travel through time and space and peer into the mind of another human. The written word is a technological leap that has had a dramatic impact on humankind’s ability to learn faster than our genes, allowing people to pass on information and survival strategies at a pace that biological evolution cannot match.
Besides, they smell good.
Scent is a powerful thing, and something I haven’t seen discussed much when it comes to garb. However, if you would play a studious character of any sort, I have two suggestions: first, read this post for ideas, and second, try out In the Library by I Hate Perfume.
The sample bottle is 2 ml for $12, but it’s fairly concentrated, so a little goes a very long way. And just think of the visceral response people will have, even subconsciously, to a scent of books a midst all the leather, wool, and sweat.
Edit: And also suggested by the lovely Petfish, Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab’s Miskatonic University. $17.50 for 5 ml; like In the Library, a little goes a long way. (You can order an Imp’s Ear, 1/32 oz., for $4.)
Photo is of The Open Library by Clegg & Guttmann in Klems, Austria. It was taken by user:Anton-kurt (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.