Toxic reading

By Sylvia Hooks
June 29, 2018

 I'm kind of horrified to think of an unwitting bibliophile stumbling upon an old book and cracking it open to see what's inside -- only to be assaulted by arsenic fumes.

"Beware green books," is the message I'm taking from this Popular Science article about antique book covers coated with poisonous paint.

"In its heyday, all types of materials, even book covers and clothes, could be coated in Paris green for aesthetic reasons. Of course, continuous skin contact with the substance would lead to symptoms of exposure."


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