The Alchemist 

is a leatherbound journal with a small brass plate on its cover and 88 pages of archival off-white Canson Mi-Teintes paper inside. The pages have been sewn directly through the distressed leather cover with gray linen thread. The paper in this book is perfect for pen, ink, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media, and because of its structure the book opens quite flat and allows the pasting on of additional material such as photographs, paper and fibers. 

This specimen is currently available though my bookshop

Finally, a don’t-judge-the-book-by-its-cover bookshop in Australia!

(Photo by James Rollins)

Quite literally, the Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Australia got a simple, but brilliant idea, selling secondhand books wrapped up in brown paper like gifts, and writing in clues which will certainly tickle one’s curiosity!

A Blind Date with a Book is how they call it. It’s a promo which started in 2014, basically for those who wanted to save time choosing a book, by not judging on how they look like.

(Photo Tag the Bird)

The bookshop’s website describes the idea:

A Blind Date with a Book is basically a MYSTERY title alluded to by clues on the plain brown paper wrapper.

One of the wrapped up books would read like this:

  • First novel by top 19th c English Lit / 20th c  cult author
  • “And what are you reading, Miss ———- ?” “Oh! Its only a novel” replies the young lady.
  • Gothic heroine, Romantic mystery, Creepy old building

Someone bold enough and take the challenge guessing what book is this?