Obsidian Journal (Diary, Antique Notebook)


Record your dreams, make grand plans, and find your true self in this elegant journal.

  • With a look and feel inspired by a gold-tooled book binding from 17th-century France, this hardcover journal/diary provides plenty of lightly-lined pages for personal reflection, sketching, making lists, or jotting down quotations or poems.
  • Sophisticated design features iridescent highlights, raised embossing, gilded-gold page edging.
  • Black ribbon bookmark.
  • 160 lightly-lined writing pages.
  • Creamy-smooth acid-free archival paper takes pen or pencil beautifully.
  • 6-1/4” wide x 8-1/4” high.
  • An excellent value.



From the Publisher

Obsidian Journal

Modeled after an ornate 17th-century French book, the Obsidian Journal is ideal for everything from meeting notes to poems, and from penning your novel longhand to planning out your future.

Timeless Style

Opulent Design

Intricate embossing gives the cover texture you can feel. Gold designs are pressed into the binding, mimicking the impressions left by the original book binder’s tools.

Gold Page Edges

Gold tipping makes each page edge shine, catching the light as you turn it.

Premium Quality

Binding opens flat for ease of use. A sleek black ribbon bookmark keeps your place. The journal is large enough to write in expansively, but compact enough to fit with ease inside a small messenger bag or backpack.

Archival Paper

Archival ivory paper is luxuriously smooth. Light gray lines subtly guide your writing. Pens and fine-line markers lay down crisp ink without feathering or bleed-through. Colored pencil shows up vividly, and graphite erases cleanly with light pressure.

Journals with History

Serious Craftsmanship

Peter Pauper Press’s Bookbound Journals reproduce classic and beautiful covers created by history’s master book binders. The Obsidian Journal’s cover is modeled after a French binding from the 17th century, when technical and artistic innovations made France a center of book arts in Europe. The cover’s combination of bold geometry and exquisite botanically-inspired motifs exemplifies the refined style of 17th-century France. Its gold-tooled decoration consists of tiny dots instead of solid lines, a style called pointillé that was used to create delicate effects. The modern journal re-creates this effect with finely textured embossing on iridescent paper.

Obsidian Journal

Exquisite embossed details

160 lightly-lined pages.

Acid-free, archival paper.

6-1/4 inches wide by 8-1/4 inches high.

Gold page tipping.

Ribbon bookmark.

Our Company History

In 1928, at the age of twenty-two, Peter Beilenson began printing books on a small press in the basement of his parents’ home in Larchmont, New York. Peter — and later, his wife, Edna — sought to create fine books that sold at prices even a pauper could afford.

Today, still family owned and operated, Peter Pauper Press continues to honor our founders’ legacy — and our customers’ expectations — of beauty, quality, and value.

Image: Peter Pauper Press headquarters, Mount Vernon, New York, circa 1948.

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Record your dreams, make grand plans, and find your true self in this elegant journal.

  • With a look and feel inspired by a gold-tooled book binding from 17th-century France, this hardcover journal/diary provides plenty of lightly-lined pages for personal reflection, sketching, making lists, or jotting down quotations or poems.
  • Sophisticated design features iridescent highlights, raised embossing, gilded-gold page edging.
  • Black ribbon bookmark.
  • 160 lightly-lined writing pages.
  • Creamy-smooth acid-free archival paper takes pen or pencil beautifully.
  • 6-1/4” wide x 8-1/4” high.
  • An excellent value.



From the Publisher

Obsidian Journal

Modeled after an ornate 17th-century French book, the Obsidian Journal is ideal for everything from meeting notes to poems, and from penning your novel longhand to planning out your future.

Timeless Style

Opulent Design

Intricate embossing gives the cover texture you can feel. Gold designs are pressed into the binding, mimicking the impressions left by the original book binder’s tools.

Gold Page Edges

Gold tipping makes each page edge shine, catching the light as you turn it.

Premium Quality

Binding opens flat for ease of use. A sleek black ribbon bookmark keeps your place. The journal is large enough to write in expansively, but compact enough to fit with ease inside a small messenger bag or backpack.

Archival Paper

Archival ivory paper is luxuriously smooth. Light gray lines subtly guide your writing. Pens and fine-line markers lay down crisp ink without feathering or bleed-through. Colored pencil shows up vividly, and graphite erases cleanly with light pressure.

Journals with History

Serious Craftsmanship

Peter Pauper Press’s Bookbound Journals reproduce classic and beautiful covers created by history’s master book binders. The Obsidian Journal’s cover is modeled after a French binding from the 17th century, when technical and artistic innovations made France a center of book arts in Europe. The cover’s combination of bold geometry and exquisite botanically-inspired motifs exemplifies the refined style of 17th-century France. Its gold-tooled decoration consists of tiny dots instead of solid lines, a style called pointillé that was used to create delicate effects. The modern journal re-creates this effect with finely textured embossing on iridescent paper.

Obsidian Journal

Exquisite embossed details

160 lightly-lined pages.

Acid-free, archival paper.

6-1/4 inches wide by 8-1/4 inches high.

Gold page tipping.

Ribbon bookmark.

Our Company History

In 1928, at the age of twenty-two, Peter Beilenson began printing books on a small press in the basement of his parents’ home in Larchmont, New York. Peter — and later, his wife, Edna — sought to create fine books that sold at prices even a pauper could afford.

Today, still family owned and operated, Peter Pauper Press continues to honor our founders’ legacy — and our customers’ expectations — of beauty, quality, and value.

Image: Peter Pauper Press headquarters, Mount Vernon, New York, circa 1948.

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