Duomo 'Jewel of Urbino' Hardcover Paperblanks MIDI Unlined Journal

Duomo 'Jewel of Urbino' Hardcover Paperblanks MIDI Unlined Journal

Code: 10159


W: 13cm (5.1")H: 18cm (7.1")D: 2.2cm (0.9")


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, magnetic strap closure. 

144 pages. 120gsm. Unlined. Red/brown colour with gold detailing. 

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 MIDI SIZED JOURNAL.  

Paperblanks describe this design as follows:

The original leather binding reproduced on this cover was made around the turn of the 19th century in the city of Urbino, the picturesque capital of the Marche region of Italy. It contained a religious treatise translated from French into Italian by Princess Maria Anna Matilde, whose husband was the lord of the city.

In the late 15th century during the rule of Federico da Montefeltro, who earned himself the moniker “the Light of Italy” for his support of arts and sciences, Urbino blossomed as a hub of cultural and commercial activity. Perched idyllically on a hillside, its ancient city wall and medieval buildings are still standing and the original winding cobbled streets are largely intact. Urbino is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage site where one can appreciate the elegance and glory of Renaissance architecture.

Our Duomo design was inspired by Urbino’s cathedral, “Duomo” meaning “cathedral church” in Italian. After suffering serious damage in the wake of a powerful earthquake in 1789, the structure was rebuilt in a Neoclassical fashion, identifiable by its clean lines and overall restraint of design. One can observe a similar quality in the ornamental scroll of this book cover, where balance is achieved between the patterned stamping and understated opulence of the embossed gilt.

The ideals cultivated during the Renaissance continue to have a strong influence on Western society.