No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment, Chanel: Livre d’Artistes by Irma Boom, Chemistry and the Sense of Smell by Charles Sell, Complete Abandon by Norman Isaacson, La Note Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena.
No. 5 Culture Chanel
Published last November, No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment was released in conjunction with the No. 5 Culture Chanel exhibition.
In No. 5 Culture Chanel, Jean-Louis Froment plays homage to the legendary Gabrielle Chanel and her most iconic fragrance. Designed to complement the exhibit "No. 5 Culture Chanel" at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Froment's tome traces Mademoiselle Chanel's artistic influences and establishes Chanel Ndegree5's integral role in the avant-garde art of the early 20th century. Able to call Cocteau and Dali friends, Gabrielle Chanel lived in the heart of Parisian modernist movements. No. 5 Culture Chanel reveals the intimate links between Mademoiselle Chanel's fabled fragrance and the rising tide of cubist and surrealist art. Lavishly designed with stunning photographs and illustrations, No. 5 Culture Chanel offers a glimpse into both the storied Chanel house and the artistic landscape of Paris in the 1920s. Photographs of Mademoiselle Chanel are displayed alongside the works of Modigliani and Picasso and the writings of Apollinare and Proust.
Cover price $250, Amazon is currently showing a price of $150.
Chanel: Livre d’Artistes
Also released in conjunction with the No. 5 Culture Chanel exhibition is Irma Boom's Chanel: Livre d’Artistes, a beautiful embossed paper (no ink!) book — we posted a video last year showing some of the interior pages.
Cover price $200, Amazon is currently showing a price of $184, but it's also temporarily out of stock.
Chemistry and the Sense of Smell
A new book by Charles S. Sell (you can read Marcello's review of his Chemistry of Fragrances here.)
The book provides an account of the totality of fragrance chemistry in one volume. It describes the chemistry of odorous materials, how and why they are produced in nature, how they are produced and used commercially, how they are analyzed and characterized, the chemistry of how we perceive them, and their role in our everyday lives. The final chapter reviews the major intellectual challenges for fragrance chemists and considers the future of the field.
Cover price $149, Amazon is currently showing a pre-order price of $125. Due for publication in April.
A novel by Norman Isaacson, published late last year:
Twenty years ago, a man added what he thought was a harmless ingredient to a bottle of his wife’s perfume. Thinking the fragrance ruined, the man’s wife put it away and forgot about it. Years later, she rediscovers the perfume and thinking Susan, her college attending daughter would enjoy using it, sends it to her. Her daughter does use it and along with others is amazed at the unexpected and unique results. The mysterious scent promotes an emotional reaction in men unlike any anticipated or envisioned. Professor Gertrude Lehman, an Internationally renowned chemist at Susan’s college, unravels the chemical formula that makes the perfume irresistible. As word spreads, advertisers set out to obtain the “magic” perfume, but Professor Lehman keeps the formula closely guarded.
Meanwhile, Lydia Cornell, a beautiful advertising executive, wants control of the perfume certain it will be her key to power and financial success. Driven by their ambitions and conflicting agendas, Lehman and Cornell clash, and their struggle for control of the perfume’s secret ingredient and power endangers those they know and love.
At Amazon, $3.99 for the Kindle version, $28.76 Hardcover, $19.76 Paperback.
La Note Verte
In case you missed the news, perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena published his first novel last year. Perhaps we'll get lucky and it will get translated into English; meantime, here is a brief description from the Wall Street Journal:
...a romp through Paris's marketing world, where fashion trends rule the fragrance industry. When veteran perfumer Claude Nael finds himself ousted by an ambitious young rival, he steps aside and observes his young competitor's frantic quest for the scent's elusive "green note." It's a zingy mix of intrigue and romance, plus a fascinating glimpse of the art of perfume-making.
Listed on US Amazon from several third-party sellers, around $20.
Know of any recent or upcoming perfume books I missed? Do comment.