Alluvium: Unlined Midi Journal
In a river’s sinuous progress, we can see glints of the evolution of civilization. This journal, with its rippling, golden embellishment suggestive of water’s movement, comes from a book originally published in Basel, Switzerland, where the Swiss, German and French borders meet. Basel is famous not just as a cultural center, including its many theatres and museums, but also for its location on the banks of the River Rhine.
Like the Rhine, this cover has a long and winding history that intersects with that of Europe. Originally bound in red calfskin, it was published in 1729 by Johann Rudolph and Emanuel Thurneysen, a renowned bookbinding duo collectively known as the “Thurneysen fratres” (Thurneysen brothers). The book itself is named Tossani’s Bible after Paul Tossanus, a Huguenot minister whose controversial 1617 translation of Luther’s Bible was held within.
The color and pattern of our Alluvium design are suggestive of the relentless movement of water over the rock and sediment below, reminding us that resistance to change in matters great and small must give way to the graceful acceptance of inevitability.
Format: Hardback with metal clasp closure
Pages: 240 blank
Size: 5.00 x 7.00 inches