A4 - 424 pages (212 sheets). Hand dyed and polished
kangaroo leather finished in purple Oxblood. Hand carved Celtic
knotwork leaf designs in each corner, painted gold. Front flap
opens to reveal 'The path for me is the path in me' carved in
gold letters on inside cover. Two small hand carved Triquetra
symbols on the cover and one on the spine.
The Triquetra (or Triqueta) was made famous
by the TV series 'Charmed' and is a Celtic symbol of the triple
Goddess (maid, mother, and crone). It can also represent mind,
body, and soul, as well as the three domains of Earth - land,
sea, and sky. A circle binds the three together as one.
The term "Quinta Essentia" refers to the fifth
element (besides fire, water, earth and air) which permeates all
of nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
- the stuff of stars that links everything together - the soul
of the universe. The quintessence is the finest or best of any
substance, which is a fitting description for the carved leather
range of Witches Wardrobe books.
The book is post bound to allow pages to be removed for printing
a few pages at a time and then returned. The main cover front,
back and spine are made from one continuous piece of leather which
fastens together with four brass posts (Chicago screws). Antique
key bookmark anchored to the cover. Rose elephant hide endpapers.
Cover: 236mm W x 310mm H (9.29 x 12.20in). Depth: 40-60mmD (1.57-2.36in)
Page: 210mm W x 297mm H (8.27 x 11.69in). Weight: 1.875kg (4.13lb).
Commission: Mal Mcleod (Healesville, Australia) 06 May 2005 -
29 June 2005