Lined Commonplace Book 120 x 165 - Victoria Hall Paste Paper (Pink with green ripple)
120 x 165 mm
Ruled book with 240 sides of 110 gsm ivory paper. Note: The colours of this book are a bit more delicate than the photograph suggests - I had difficulty rendering the colour accurately. It has a dainty feel and the pink is a bit paler than it seems here.
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 covers are a hand-painted paste paper by Victoria Hall. Victoria has an extensive knowledge of historical paper decoration and specialises in highly-skilled fine antiquarian and period style marbling. She has also studied the technique of paste papers, a method which goes back at least to the Eighteenth Century.
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