JOURNAL: Vellum Indenture (large)
JOURNAL: Vellum Indenture (large)
JOURNAL: Vellum Indenture (large)
JOURNAL: Vellum Indenture (large)

JOURNAL: Vellum Indenture (large)

Regular price £69.00 Sale price £40.00

Handmade case-bound book with antique vellum spine for drawing and writing with blank pages

"Indentures" are legal contracts, and are entirely written by hand (in English) on large sheets of vellum or parchment, in keeping with legal practice dating back to Medieval times. Today, these ancient British legal manuscripts are prized collector's items.

The top edge of the document shows the wavy, or "indented" margin that gives these documents their name; as a safeguard against counterfeiting, the copies given to all parties were placed together and cut in this margin in a wavy, irregular pattern, thus uniquely identifying the authenticity of each copy.

By convention in common use after about 1675, the documents open with the title "This Indenture" in large capital letters. This heading, written in the earlier examples and printed on the later specimens, is often further embellished with decorative flourishes.

Size: 300 x 215 mm, 12 x 8 1/2 inches

Pages: 96 (192 sides)

Paper: Laid cream text-weight; perfect for pencil & inks.

Spine: Antique vellum/parchment spine

Cover: Upcyled pages from antique 18/19th century books