TALL COMMONPLACE BOOK WITH LEATHER BINDING - JOHN AND JANE JEFFERY
128 pages of 130 gsm acid-free cartridge, suitable for drawing as well as writing (including fountain pen.)
This book is based on a historical commonplace book from the Bodleian Library. It is much taller than a conventional book of this width (15cm wide by 30 cm tall), but this works very well for accumulating shorter entries.
Commonplace Books are a very purposeful way of using a journal, or giving one as a gift. They have been used since the Fifteenth Century, the idea being to record passages of text, poems, quotations, recipes, reading lists, drawings, sayings, family turns of phrase, calligraphy, aspirations - any words of perceived wisdom or personal significance - all making up a memoir of the author’s interests over a number of years. All sorts of famous people have kept Commonplace Books including John Milton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. A brief note about the history and use of Commonplace Books is enclosed with the book.
The book is sewn and bound by hand with a goatskin spine. The sides are beautiful hand block-printed, hand-coloured papers by John and Jane Jeffery. You can read about their work for the Vintage Paper Company here.