Cartography was once the stuff of adventure and madness; mapmakers were visionaries, scientists and artists all at once.
Evocative of an age when the heavens were alive with more than satellites and America was a place off the edge of the world, these journals are a romantic’s delight. The maps date back to the mid-17th century, an age of map-making when beauty and invention often compensated for lack of accuracy. Full of both naïve assumptions and intense attention to detail, these maps are perfect to muse upon while charting or recording your own life’s story.
Originally released in 1994 as a part of one of the earliest Paperblanks collections, these two antique, richly coloured maps have always been a source of inspiration for our designers. It is our pleasure to bring back these ever-intriguing examples of early cartography as we close our year of 25th-anniversary celebrations.
See the world through the eyes of a 17th-century cartographer in this fantastical series.
In our Gustav Klimt Special Edition journals we celebrate one of the world’s most famous painters and his iconic paintings. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter fascinated by Japanese art and the female form. He was a member of the Vienna Secession movement, and on trips to Venice and Ravenna he discovered the mosaics that would inspire his famed use of gold.
Klimt, The Kiss
The Kiss (1907–1908) represents the pinnacle of Klimt’s “golden phase.” Oil and gold leaf combine to create sinuous shapes and colours reminiscent of both Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau styles. The lustrous palette and intricate patterns make the painting one of the great masterpieces of the early modern period.
Klimt, Portrait of Adele
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), which took Klimt three years to create, is a stunning example of the Viennese Jugendstil style. With the subject’s face emerging from the background like a lucid dream, the portrait is hauntingly beautiful. Seized by the Nazis in the 1940s, the painting was eventually recovered and today is on display at the Neue Galerie in New York.
This Special Edition journal features a page from a diary kept by the Brontë sisters. After publishing works of poetry the sisters branched out into novels, including Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights. Sadly, they all died of tuberculosis before achieving true literary success. Today, their legacy is one of the most revered in English literature.