I entirely preserved all its original aspect, including the sewing marks around the edges. The design is reminding of a medieval tome or a old religious book, yet it is simple, to allow the beauty of this old leather to appear unaltered. The metal brads placed in the corners and the center cross have a patina to fit the overall antique look of this book. The brads will allow the book to lay flat when opened but the surface of the cover will never enter in contact with the table and thus it will be protected from scratching. I saw this system used in old books and I just loved it.
The spine was made to resemble that of an old book, the raised bands being obtained with other stripes of leather underneath. It is covered with black leather and painted with leather paints.
The book measures 9 x 13.2 inches (22.5 x 33.5 cm) and has around 128 pages (256 sides) of hand torn white paper. The paper has 170 g/m² and is perfect for writing and sketching in ink and dry media. The edges were toned by me to make the book block fit better the overall antique look of this book.
The headbands are sewn by hand from black and red-orange linen thread. The end pages are made of beautiful brass color paper with a black floral pattern.
This book is an art object. I hope you will love it once you’ll meet it.
* Please note, shipping will be made to the address provided by Etsy and not the one on your PayPal. This book will ship from Romania (Bucharest) where I am at the moment. Due to it's large format, this book weights 2200 grams (4.85 pounds). This explains its higher shipping rate. For a few countries in Europe shipping might be cheaper. Any overcharge will be refunded.