Lindau Hardcover Journal


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Original Art: Back cover of the Lindau Gospels
Era: Between 750 and 800 A.D.
Region: Near Salzburg, Austria

The binding of the Lindau Gospels was designed in the late 8th century to inspire awe when the book was carried in processions or displayed on an altar. This sense of majesty extended even to the back cover, the jewelled design of which is reproduced on Paperblanks Lindau journal cover.

The Lindau binding is an archetypical representation of early- to mid-9th-century book publishing, with the overall effort being focussed more on ornamentation than on contents. During this time period, the majority of citizens would not have known how to read but would be drawn to the book cover as a metaphor for the information held within. Religious works, in particular, were given this treatment as the stories could easily be imparted to followers without a great deal of explanation.

Today, this binding continues to be admired as a gorgeous highlight from the medieval bookmaking era, whether or not the religious connotations are strongly felt. At Paperblanks we find inspiration everywhere, and we are pleased that this elaborately designed book from early history has become such a well-loved part of our selection.


  • Paperblanks: Lindau Gospels
  • 100% recycled binder boards
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Smyth Sewn 
  • Memento Pouch
  • Custom-Designed Laid Paper


Additional information

Weight 0.875 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 1 in

Midi, Ultra