Over the last 30 years, our Embellished Manuscripts Collection in particular has revealed the beautiful evolution of our journals.

One of our first Paperblanks series featured the handwritten manuscripts of American writers Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, and our first Embellished Manuscripts featured the original drafts of Shakespeare’s Sir Thomas More, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and George Eliot’s Middlemarch.

Each of our Embellished Manuscripts has a story, and over the last 30 years our collection has grown to represent a mosaic of talent.

We’ve worked with what is considered to be Shakespeare’s only surviving manuscript. We’ve included Darwin’s Tree of Life and Freud’s Architektur der Hysterie. Our most recent addition includes a manuscript page of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

Pictured here: One our first Embellished Manuscripts journals.

Although we’ve put together a selection below, there is so much more to discover in our Embellished Manuscripts library. But for now, here is a handful of our most iconic Embellished Manuscripts designs.

Tesla, Sketch of a Turbine

Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues

Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

Emily Dickinson, I Died for Beauty

Monet (Water Lilies), Letter to Morisot

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Bram Stoker, Dracula


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