Everyone who has seen these notebook/journal, picks one up and runs their hand down the cover to see if it is "real"! It is. The book is bound with black linen on the spine and cherry or walnut veneer on the cover, grain long. It is filled with rich, cream paper, lightly lined or blank. A round elastic is "nooked" into the cover, keeping the book closed. There is a paper storage envelope attached to the back cover. This notebook is one to treasure or give as a beautiful gift.