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For two centuries now Moleskine® (mol-a-skeen'-a) has been the legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. From gifted artists Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), to poet and leader of the surrealist movement André Breton (1896-1966) to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) considered the most influential writer of the last century, to famous travel writer Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989).These notebooks have proven they can withstand the trials of travel and abuses that ensues from normal use. This is the one true trusted travel journal.Genuine MoleskineFor over a century a small French bookbinder supplied Paris stationery shops with this simple black book where the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the world browsed and bought them. Writer-traveler Bruce Chatwin used to buy his moleskine at a Paris stationery shop in Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, always stocking up before going on his infamous journeys. It was Bruce Chatwin that called this little black notebook, "moleskine". He gave his friend Luis Sepùlveda, a Chilean novelist, a precious moleskine before a trip to Patagonia. It was precious because by then the notebooks were no longer to be found, as the small family concern in Tours closed down. "Le vrai moleskine n’est plus" were the lapidary words of the stationer to Chatwin who had ordered one hundred before leaving for Australia. Now, the Moleskine® tradition continues by Italian manufacturer Moleskine Srl . It can go back to being a witness, passing from one pocket to another and continue the adventure.From a Journal lover... " I think the reason people use something like a Moleskine, is for the experience--not the utility. If you're the type of person who won't read newspapers, because the paper "feels bad" against your fingers...if you're the type of person who won't buy a book, if the paper is too rough and heavy...if you're the type of person who goes into a bookstore and starts at one end of the blank notebooks, and fingers the pages of each one, until you find one with just the right amount of creaminess--something that raises your pulse, and will make writing with just the right pen an intense joy...then you're the type that would use a Moleskine."