This remarkable beautiful journal is reproduced from the pattern of an 18th-century leather book cover. At that time, the Bavarian town of Hof, where the binding was crafted, was experiencing material abundance and an upsurge in artistic output.
Consequently, people had the means to afford luxury items like richly bound and decorated books, such as this beauty.
The gold tooling of the cover design is a composite of stylized elements, with the front panel divided into four compartments, each complete with a vase of three flowers. The finely wrought ornaments surrounding each of these quarters is suggestive of filigree, a delicate decorative metalwork popular in bookbinding at the time.