A personal and creative volume.
The book is divided into sections or essays, each marked by it's own distinct illustrated style. Each page is a work of art, the patterns and shapes informing the text and visa-versa. The essays explore the role of wonder, stargazing, the politics of ornament, how we honour things, the language of heraldry, and memory, among other things.
It's like autobiography, not of a persons life, but of their thoughts.
It is an object of beauty, and inspiration. Forget Kindle, you need to feel the weight of this one, the shiny pages, the gleam of the gold patterning, the shine of the colours.
In the book Marjan quotes Oscar Wilde: "The art that is frankly decorative is the art to live with. It is, of all visible arts, the one art that creates in us both mood and temperament... The harmony that resides in the delicate proportions of lines and masses becomes mirrored in the mind. The proportions of patterns give us rest. The marvels of design stir the imagination."
This was the effect of the book on me - a calming effect combined with wonder, from which rises imagination and inspiration, and ones own creative work.