For all your journaling, dreaming, sketching, listing, musing needs... We adore beautiful stationery here at Dark Rose Interiors, and even in this digital age, we still revere the expressive, personal act of writing and what better place to do it than in a 'Paperblanks' Journal. We are now a proud stockist of these individual works of art, and will be expanding the range in time. In the meantime, we hope you find something you love, either for you or as the perfect gift for someone.
The details of this journal, the much sought after 'Nocturnelle', are as follows:
Hardbacked journal, with two beautiful clasps for closure.
240 pages. 120gsm. Lined. ONLY available in this GRANDE size.
The images with the white background are the stock images of this item from Paperblanks. The others are taken by me and reflect the exact journal you will receive. You will receive ONE GRANDE SIZED JOURNAL.
The following description is taken from the Paperblanks website, which gives you some wonderful detail about the background of the design:
Our Nocturnelle design, a reproduction of an antique French binding, is based on a cover created in 1829 by publishers A. & W. Galignani for The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
Nowhere is the heft and glory of history more palpable than in the book arts. The 19th century brought several innovations, both functional and aesthetic, to the craft of bookbinding. Advances in mechanization enabled publishers to start producing books on a large scale while staying true to the exquisite, ornamental beauty of the cloth- or leather-bound book.
This cover suggests the fine Moroccan leather preferred for bindings of the era, as well as the structural sturdiness, careful finishing and ridged spine venerated by discerning bibliophiles. The decorations mirror architectural trends of the time such as rosettes, spirals and stylized leaves. The rich tones and textural sophistication found in our reproduction create a stunning rendition of the original binding.
This 19th-century Parisian block binding was originally crafted in dark blue leather with gold tooling, salient characteristics of the Restoration bindings of the time. John Anthony and William Galignani were the sons of a courier father who taught them an appreciation for languages and the written word. John Anthony opened the first Galignani bookshop in Cambrai, France, before returning to his family in Paris upon his father’s death. It was in Paris that the two brothers, as A. & W. Galignani, began their business of reprinting English-language books, including the publication of this version of Thomas Moore’s poetical works.
Thomas Moore (not to be confused with Sir Thomas More, the philosopher and saint) was an Irish poet and entertainer whose Irish Melodies became extremely popular at the turn of the 19th century. Today, he is considered Ireland’s National Bard, in the way that Robert Burns is to Scotland and William Shakespeare to England. As such, it is fitting that his poetical works would be given such an impressive binding.
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