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Thick Black Bonded Italian Leather Journal (9'x7")

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Simple, spacious, well constructed. Excellent value.

This is an impressive journal. At 9 3/4 inches x 6 7/8 inches x 1 3/8 inches, it weighs in at a hefty 2 pounds 6 ounces. It has 400 lined pages, each 9.5 in x 6.75 in. It has a narrow black satin ribbon attached as a bookmark.

The pages are smooth, cream-colored, ...
This is an impressive journal. At 9 3/4 inches x 6 7/8 inches x 1 3/8 inches, it weighs in at a hefty 2 pounds 6 ounces. It has 400 lined pages, each 9.5 in x 6.75 in. It has a narrow black satin ribbon attached as a bookmark.

The pages are smooth, cream-colored, and fairly thick. Each page has 28 solid grey lines that are very thin and not too dark, so they make nice guides without being too distracting. There is also a pale grey fleur de lys watermark at the bottom center of each page.

The lines are 6 inches long and 8 millimeters apart, leaving a 1/2 inch margin at the top and bottom of the page, a 1/4 inch margin from the edge of the book, and a 3/8 inch margin from the center of the book. The fleur de lys is roughly 3/4 inches squared in size.

The endpapers are heavy stock in a French vanilla color. The front one has "This journal belongs to _________________" written on it, and the back one says, "Fiorentina, Product of Italy, Fiorentina LLC North Merrick, New York 11566". A fleur de lys also appears on both of these pages.

The front cover is embossed with "JOURNAL", and a fleur de lys is embossed at the bottom center of the back cover.

I purchased this book at a Barnes & Noble store in February 2008, and it came wrapped in clear plastic with a sticker that said, "writing journal, Handmade in Florence, Italy, using centuries old techniques."

I am exceptionally pleased with this journal. It is well made and has held up beautifully. I looked it up today to make sure they were still available, and now that I know they are, I intend to purchase another.

posted by BookShopWanderer on November 30, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Excellent quality, but somewhat impractical

I like the quality of my new journal. But, frankly, it is too thick and inflexible, which makes it somewhat impractical. When I get down toward the bottom of the page, it's awkward to write on the lowest lines. A thinner and more flexible leather journal (like I have...
I like the quality of my new journal. But, frankly, it is too thick and inflexible, which makes it somewhat impractical. When I get down toward the bottom of the page, it's awkward to write on the lowest lines. A thinner and more flexible leather journal (like I have generally used for years now) is more practical.

posted by Armin on December 5, 2009

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

    Simple, spacious, well constructed. Excellent value.

    This is an impressive journal. At 9 3/4 inches x 6 7/8 inches x 1 3/8 inches, it weighs in at a hefty 2 pounds 6 ounces. It has 400 lined pages, each 9.5 in x 6.75 in. It has a narrow black satin ribbon attached as a bookmark.

    The pages are smooth, cream-colored, and fairly thick. Each page has 28 solid grey lines that are very thin and not too dark, so they make nice guides without being too distracting. There is also a pale grey fleur de lys watermark at the bottom center of each page.

    The lines are 6 inches long and 8 millimeters apart, leaving a 1/2 inch margin at the top and bottom of the page, a 1/4 inch margin from the edge of the book, and a 3/8 inch margin from the center of the book. The fleur de lys is roughly 3/4 inches squared in size.

    The endpapers are heavy stock in a French vanilla color. The front one has "This journal belongs to _________________" written on it, and the back one says, "Fiorentina, Product of Italy, Fiorentina LLC North Merrick, New York 11566". A fleur de lys also appears on both of these pages.

    The front cover is embossed with "JOURNAL", and a fleur de lys is embossed at the bottom center of the back cover.

    I purchased this book at a Barnes & Noble store in February 2008, and it came wrapped in clear plastic with a sticker that said, "writing journal, Handmade in Florence, Italy, using centuries old techniques."

    I am exceptionally pleased with this journal. It is well made and has held up beautifully. I looked it up today to make sure they were still available, and now that I know they are, I intend to purchase another.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Simple, Beautiful, Durable - perfect

    I wrote in this journal over a span of 3 years. It went all over the country with me. Nothing weathered it. It is the absolute best journal I have owned and I've been journaling since 1995. Thank goodness for this book, and thank goodness I've found another!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Thick Bonded Leather Journal (Italian)

    This is the fifth one of these I've purchased and I'm delighted. Couldn't find a better desk-mate

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    This journal has 384 ruled pages to be exact.

    This journal has 384 ruled pages to be exact.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    I used to buy the Moleskine A4 Daily Planner each year which is

    I used to buy the Moleskine A4 Daily Planner each year which is large and quite hefty. However, I found that some days I had more to write about than others. Five years ago I started buying this journal at the beginning of the year and added a monthly calendar. This journal is big and elegant and I love it. I will continue to buy one each year.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Love it

    I have lived abroad, as well as traveled and written in many journals. Some journals were cheap, some were ridiculously expensive. I currently live in Japan and have this shipped to me when I am running out of room. I realize some say it is bulky, but for avid writers, it is important to that you don't waste money on a journal with a few pages. This journal is bulky because there is writing room. It is sturdy, lasting. The only thing I wish is that I could order it in brown, but so far I only find the brown ones in the store. Best journal I ever had, simple and elegant.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    Lovely

    I've gone through five of these and am now on my sixth. I'm thinking of buying several at a time in case they ever discontinue this product. Lots of pages, lined, very well bound. I've traveled the world with these things and couldn't recommend them more highly.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Please Help! Are the pages lined, and how many actual pages are there?

    Thanks!

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    Posted November 7, 2011

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    Posted May 2, 2009

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