Large leather notebook with lock and key, Blank artist book, The Magic Serpent
This is a large, one of a kind leather journal bound in brown leather. It has an unique decoration that was sculpted directly onto the cover of the book and covered in one single piece of leather. The symbol on the front cover is the Rod of Asclepius and has a three dimensional appearance because of its high relief. The intention here was to create the impression that the serpent is really coiled around a rod, which in this case is a magic wand made of wood that can actually be detached from the book and attached back as needed. This feature will prove useful in case this book will be used in the performance of magic rituals. In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. Another symbol represented on the back cover is the Eye, a magical symbol believed to provide protection, health, and rejuvenation. During history it was also associated with the concept of divine providence. On the spine of the book stamped is the star with 7 points, the heptagram, a symbol known for warding off evil during times.
The book measures 10 x 14 inches (35 x 25 cm) and has 114 pages (228 sides) of artist quality paper. This is light warm color Fabriano paper, hand torn, thick (200 g/m²) and will work for both writing and sketching in any media, including watercolor. The edges of the bookblock have been toned in a light brown to better fit the overall aged look of this tome.
The journal closes with a functional lock with a key that is attached to the spine of the book by a chain, and which can be detached from it as needed.
The end pages are made of hand marbled paper with brown, yellow and black veins. The headbands are handsewn from brown and white silver threads and make a beautiful model at the tale and the head of the journal.
This notebook is an art object. It would make a beautiful addition to any collection and any library. I hope you will enjoy filling it!