Rennie Mackintosh notebooks



Soft-covered blank books with decorative paper featuring designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife and creative partner, Margaret MacDonald. Mackintosh himself once proclaimed, “Margaret has genius. I only have talent.”

These notebooks were created in tandem with this series of hard cover, stab bound books, utilising the bits not used there.

The four designs here are from:

  • poster for The Scottish Musical Review, 1896 (Mackintosh)
  • The May Queen, 1900 (MacDonald)
  • The Wassail, 1900 (Mackintosh)
  • chairs created for Hill House and Ingram Street Tea Rooms, 1904 and 1911 (Mackintosh)

They are filled with GF Smith Sketch Natural, a 120gsm 100% recycled paper, manufactured using post industrial waste, with tiny inclusions of colour sprinkled throughout the sheet. This stitching is a simple stab binding, often erroneously called Japanese stab binding – which feels appropriate for books celebrating a pair of designers who were so inspired by Japanese style.

Pen is shown for reference and is not part of the sale.

Additional information


Scottish Musical Review, May Queen, Chairs, The Wassail


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