'Restoration' The Queen's Binding Hardcover GRANDE Journal

'Restoration' The Queen's Binding Hardcover GRANDE Journal

Code: 10161


W: 21cm (8.3")H: 30cm (11.8")D: 2cm (0.8")


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 are as follows:

Hardback cover, clasp closure (two clasps). 

128 pages. 120gsm. Unlined. 

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.  

This beautiful harbacked journal from Paperblanks is described as follows by them: 

Nobility and grace are restored in this striking filigree design. Originally crafted by the Queens’ Binder A, one of the most prolific book binders of the Restoration period, the binding held Richard Allestree’s The Government of the Tongue. The balance of open space and intricate elements, like the gorgeous frame and harmonious little stars, make it a shining jewel of 17th-century English bookbinding.

The “Queens’ Binder” was a name given by G.D. Hobson to a small group of English bookbinders during the “Golden Age of English Bookbinding.” They were known for featuring pointillé outlines rather than floral volutes, which were much more widely used during the era. Modern research indicates that the Queens’ Binder was in fact four distinct shops, and even individual binders such as “A” could refer to multiple artisans.

While the name or names of the binder called “A” is not known, at least one of the artists is thought to be William Nott, an important figure in the book trade who operated as a bookseller, stationer and publisher. The quality of the bindings attributed to A also vary considerably, but there is no question as to the excellence of this specific piece. The Government of the Tonguewas an important work during its day and, as provost of Eton College, Allestree would have been able to demand the highest quality for his publication.

Today, the original binding is a part of the Henry Davis gift at the British Library.