Capturing the flavour of Renaissance-style binding at its zenith, this darkly toned book cover is unique, tactile and so very pleasing to the eye. During this remarkable period in history, manuscripts were renowned for their exquisitely crafted covers made of fine morocco leather.
This beautiful jewel-toned purple and gold design is a shining star of bookbinding history. Originally crafted from red morocco leather with intricate filigree and golden pointellé, the binding has been in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) since the Second Empire (1865–1870).
Our Golden Trefoil design is inspired by a 16th-century French binding that originally housed a printing of the Opera Omnia of Giovanni Pontano (1426–1503). The design, thought to be created by Claude de Picques, features a classic trefoil (clover) motif, popularly found in some of the world’s most iconic logos, crests, insignias and flags.
This delicate foliage pattern was originally crafted to adorn a 17th-century binding of the Passion Series. The original work was created in 1521 by the northern Renaissance painter Lucas van Leyden, one of the greatest engravers of his time.This edition does not contain Van Leyden’s 1521 version, but rather a copy of it done by Jan Harmensz.
Taking their slightly sullen cues from previous artistic movements, the New Romantics of the 1980s brought their hairstyles and attitudes to new prominence. Our Urban Glam guest book celebrates the drama that made the New Romantic movement some of the most ironic good times popular culture has ever had.
The Musée Condé is home to over 1500 antique manuscripts, including Eusebius’ Evangelica praeparatione. What makes the 1540s edition so special is that it is the “editio princeps,” or first printing, of the Evangelica, which had existed only as a manuscript. Its regal binding is reproduced for this Evangeline guest book cover.
Dark blue cover. Add style to special occasions, guest cottages, beach houses, clubs, home parties, and more Artisan Guest Books feature our popular embossed leather-like imported cover material. 96 pages. 9 wide x 6 high. Bookbound flexi-cover books lie flat for ease of use. Ribbon bookmark. Acid-free, archival paper.
Our Paperblanks Mystique guest book is inspired by a book cover said to have been designed by Le Gascon, a legendary but little-known 17th-century bookbinder. The original binding was made of red Moroccan leather embossed and gilded with rosettes, spirals and dotted lines.
This Paperblanks guest book design comes from an 1893 binding housing Voltaire’s Zadig, or The Book of Fate. First published in 1747, it tells the story of Zadig, an ancient Babylonian philosopher. The book is a philosophical treatise that provides thematic inspiration for the modern detective story, including for Edgar Allan Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin.