Your imagination will soar every time you open this gorgeous griffin journal, which features an illustration from an antiquarian book in our Research Library. The 16th century Historia Naturalis by John Jonstonus served as the foremost animal encyclopedia of its time. It featured detailed engravings of common animals like horses, dogs, cows, and mice, alongside such mythical animals as the phoenix, the griffin, dragons, and unicorns.
Why did a natural history encyclopedia feature mythical creatures? One possible explanation: Where fossils were naturally intermingled, such as tar pits, people may have reconstructed one imaginary animal from several sources.
This hardcover journal offers a wraparound print from front to back, has 128 lined single pages, and measures approximately 5" x 7.25". An aspired author's new best friend.