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Softcover Flexi


* Medium Lined pages * 

* Large Unlined pages *


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The Italian Galignani brothers were known for their French Restoration-style bindings, such as the one reproduced here. Originally designed for an 1829 edition of The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, this gilt-decorated cover retained the structural sturdiness characteristic of the era.


Our Nocturnelle design, a reproduction of an antique French binding, is based on a cover created in 1829 by publishers A. & W. Galignani for The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.


Nowhere is the heft and glory of history more palpable than in the book arts. The 19th century brought several innovations, both functional and aesthetic, to the craft of bookbinding. Advances in mechanization enabled publishers to start producing books on a large scale while staying true to the exquisite, ornamental beauty of the cloth- or leather-bound book.


This cover suggests the fine Moroccan leather preferred for bindings of the era, as well as the structural sturdiness, careful finishing and ridged spine venerated by discerning bibliophiles. The decorations mirror architectural trends of the time such as rosettes, spirals and stylized leaves. The rich tones and textural sophistication found in our reproduction create a stunning rendition of the original binding.


This 19th-century Parisian block binding was originally crafted in dark blue leather with gold tooling, salient characteristics of the Restoration bindings of the time. John Anthony and William Galignani were the sons of a courier father who taught them an appreciation for languages and the written word. John Anthony opened the first Galignani bookshop in Cambrai, France, before returning to his family in Paris upon his father’s death. It was in Paris that the two brothers, as A. & W. Galignani, began their business of reprinting English-language books, including the publication of this version of Thomas Moore’s poetical works.


Thomas Moore (not to be confused with Sir Thomas More, the philosopher and saint) was an Irish poet and entertainer whose Irish Melodies became extremely popular at the turn of the 19th century. Today, he is considered Ireland’s National Bard, in the way that Robert Burns is to Scotland and William Shakespeare to England. As such, it is fitting that his poetical works would be given such an impressive binding.

100% recycled binder boards
Decorative printed cover paper
FSC-certified text paper
Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
Acid-free sustainable forest paper


  • At Paperblanks, we create products that inspire creativity, empower expression and celebrate special
    moments. A homage to art and culture, our line of journals and creative tools sparks the imagination by
    offering a connection to artists and cultural movements from all eras and regions.

    Cover Designs
    • Wide range of timeless cover art
    • World cultures and traditions represented
    • Historical background and credit information detailed in each 

    Unique Closures
    • Wrap, elastic and clasp closures offered
    • Selected to complement each cover design

    Well-Crafted Bindings
    • All books are Smyth sewn – the highest-quality binding available
    • Smyth sewn refers to a classic style of bookmaking in which the
    signatures are sewn together and further reinforced with adhesive
    and fabric backing.

    High-Quality Paper
    • Paper weights (gsm) vary depending on book format and can be
    found on every product page
    • All text paper is FSC-certified
    • Binder boards crafted from 100% recycled material

    • Hardcover journals have an accordion-style memento pouch
    • Flexi notebooks come with a curved back cover pocket

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