Acting legend Sir Alec Guinness was a lifelong aficionado of the concept of “The Commonplace Book” – using a notebook to keep record of observations, recalled memories, dreams, sketches, favourite quotations et al. With typical elegance, he recalled the pleasure of a brand new notebook:
“For as far back as I can remember, I have been attracted to lovely, white virgin sheets of paper. As a child, I quickly and enthusiastically defaced these with elaborate drawings of fierce naval battes. Later on, I took to buying, when funds allowed, rather nice-looking large notebooks, in to which I copied, in best italic script, poems I intended to learn – but rarely did – or pieces of prose that pleased me. I doubt if I ever filled more than then pages of any of these commonplace books before a new and handsome one caught my eye, and I would start all over again.”
I know what he means: my notebooks of choice (for both professional and commonplace purposes) are produced by Moleskine, partly because they are so practical and aesthetically-pleasing, but also the fact that they are based upon the types of notebooks used by such esteemed artistic persons as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin, which undoubtedly appeals to my inner romantic.
If Moleskine’s gorgeous oeuvre don’t tempt me often enough, now they’re appealing to the comics fan and the collector in me. Th0se beautiful fiends…! To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s seminal newspaper cartoon Peanuts, Moleskine are producing a limited edition series of Peanuts-themed notebooks and, by The Great Pumpkin, they’re gorgeous…!
As well as featuring Schulz’s artwork in to the trademark black covers, Moleskine have also done a grand job of incorporating Peanuts motifs in to the inner design of the books. The inside cover of each notebook features inspiring quotes from favourite characters. In an extra special touch, the iconic Moleskine “In case of loss” section has been customised as Snoopy’s house, with the text presented in Schulz’s recognisable writing. The back of the notebooks feature a special Peanuts family tree and the story of Moleskine and a set of Peanuts stickers (which incorporate the classic Peanuts“thought bubble”) are inserted in the expandable pocket.
The two smaller editions will cost £11.99 and the two larger ones £14.99, which is not at all bad, I say. Anyway, it goes without saying that I am utterly powerless to resist. You can find out more via Moleskine’s official website or via the dedicated You Tube channel they’re using to promote these beauties.