When Persephone Books announced that they would have a 2017 Diary available, I knew immediately that it would be the one for me. As a burgeoning lover of their aesthetic, as well as their re-published literature, it was an easy decision to make! Another tick in the Pros column was the discounted price, which was only available through the end of September. I decided not to dilly-dally, and placed my order straight away. Including shipping charges, the diary cost right around $25; I ordered mine straightaway. One week later, I came home to this -
Ooooh look at the pristine, luxurious, dove grey cover!
Pulling out the diary, it looks exactly like one of Persephone's traditionally-published books. The one obvious difference is that, here, a sewn-in, ribbon bookmark is included instead of a paper one that you would receive with the grey editions. I expect to tote this planner around with me a great deal in 2017, so it's nice not to have to worry about losing the bookmark.
I do wonder why Persephone chose blue ribbon. With the grey cover, white title card, and black/grey colophon, the blue seems terribly out of place. A very small gripe, but there it is. Now back to the positives!
The contents include the same high quality paper, the same thoughtfulness in the details, and the gorgeous endpapers from all 120 books that will be published by the end of 2016. Here are a few particular examples...
|Someone at a Distance. I do wish we had Bank Holidays like they do in the UK. Le sigh.|
|Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. A lovely bouquet is so fitting for Valentine's Day week.|
|The 2017 diary endpapers from the forthcoming Madame Solario|
Whilst the Persephone Books 2017 diary is a bit weightier than other, more conventional options, I will absolutely carry it with me. It is a gift to myself that I shall treasure throughout the year, even during those times when stationery isn't at the forefront of my thoughts.