Large Marbled Drawing Journal #7
A big, fat, hefty, 398 page, totally handmade book for drawing and writing.
No other series of off-the-shelf handmade (or machine-made) books (that we know of!) contains the volume of high quality paper as these ones have.
No other series of off-the-shelf books are made to this high standard.
BINDING STYLE & BOOK STRUCTURE
A superior style of binding called Tight-back or Flexible Binding with laced on boards and raised bands.
Tight-back or Flexible binding allows the book to open completely flat without damaging the book; very important when drawing and writing.
This type of structure makes the book incredibly strong and durable. Opening the book flat will, over time, cause the spine to crease but not break.
Tight Back or Flexible Bindings should not be mistaken for inferior Case Bindings.
The cover paper is English (Payhembury) marbled paper; waxed with palm wax and polished with an agate stone to achieve a wonderful, glossy, hard-wearing, durable protective surface.
The marbled design is called French Shell as was widely used for cover and endpapers in the 17th and 18th century
Five raised bands on the recycled vellum spine which has been blind tooled (embossed without gold leaf) down the long edges.
As you can see, the spine has had a previous life as something else.
Vellum is virtually indestructible; incredibly durable. It was often used as a writing surface when the contents were considered too valuable or important to be put down on paper; house deeds, legal agreements, bonds, loans and certificates etc.
Vellum is rarely used in this way in bookbinding due to the difficulties in controlling it as a material. However, as you can see, it's totally worth the extra effort.
Vellum corners help to protect the book from everyday wear and tear as well as adding a decorative flourish.
Adding these tiny vellum corners is a time-consuming detail; it requires a steady hand, patience and skill.
It's incredibly rare to see this attention to detail in any book, especially a blank journal.
Qty - 398 pages/sides (199 sheets) and matching endpapers.
Paper - Hahnemuhle Ingres 100gsm (text weight)
Hahnemuhle mould-made Ingres paper features a subtle, ribbed texture. The colour is fadeless and acid-free.
Colour - Tobacco Brown
Media - Inks, paint, pencil, chalk, pastel.
The foredges are deckled; they look and feel wonderful.
245 x 165 x 40 mm - 965g
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches - 2.1 lbs
EVERY BOOK IN THIS SERIES IS A ONE-OFF DESIGN WITH A UNIQUE COVER AND SPINE COMBINATION.
IT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED, GUARANTEEING IT TO BE COMPLETELY UNIQUE.