Journal of handmade paper with leather cover with chipped edges and embossing of an elephant's head. The diary contains 144 pages (counting each side)
Any paper with a feathered edge is described as having a deckle edge, in contrast to a cut edge.
Before the 19th century, the deckle edge was unavoidable, a natural artifact of the paper-making process in which sheets of paper were made individually on a deckle. The deckle could not make a perfect seal against the screen at the edges and the paper slurry would seep under, creating a rough edge to the paper.
With the appearance of smooth edges in the 19th century, the deckle edge slowly emerged as a status symbol. Many modern readers are unfamiliar with the deckle edge and may see it as a defect, but it's actually a deliberate design.