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The original leather and gold cover that inspired the Carmine journal was likely meant to become a part of French clergyman Michel de Marolles’ famed collection of engravings and prints. However, de Marolles died before this binding of L’Office de la Semaine Sainte was completed.
Originally bound in 1688 in Paris, France, the book that inspired this journal cover contained the many rites and observances to be followed during the week leading up to Easter, the most important period in the Christian calendar. To properly honor the contents, the intricate rules that governed life during this time were often housed in momentous and ornate bindings. This version of L’office de la Semaine Sainte (the liturgy for Holy Week) was especially adored as it was translated by Michel de Marolles, the notable French clergyman and translator. Sadly, he passed away in 1681 and never got to see the beautiful leather binding, stamped and gold-plated with tendril motifs, that contained his work.
The gold-tooled decoration adorning this cover is a style known as “fanfare,” an elaborate, handcrafted pattern edged in gilt. Especially popular in the early 1700s, the style dates back as far as the early 1500s and required tremendous skill on the part of the bookbinder. Because of the intricacy and expense associated with this goldwork, the technique was reserved for decorating books of great importance.
Product: Lined page Journal
Pages: Mini 240 / Midi 240 / Ultra 144
Material: 100% recycled binder boards / FSC-certified text paper / Decorative printed cover paper / Acid-free Sustainable forest paper
Dim: Mini 3.75" x 5.5" / Midi 5" x 7" / Ultra 7" x 9"