|Recollections: A Life In Bookbinding|
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Recollections: A Life In Bookbinding, by Middleton, Bernard C.. Oak Knoll Press: New Castle, Delaware, 2000. Edition: First edition stated. ISBN: 1584560169. Hardcover, 4to, 7.25 by 10.25 inches, 126 pages. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Illustrations in Black and White with eight full color plates. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Condition: Fine in a Fine jacket.
Contents: Publisher's Note:
This is the autobiography of one of the world's leading book restorers, binding scholars, and international lecturers on book conservation and binding. It is also the very warm story of a gangly teenager's rise from his first position at the British Library's bindery to the pinnacle of his craft.
This important work is not only this gifted craftsman's personal story -- in Recollections the reader is treated to a unique insight into Britain's strict trade school; and indentured apprenticeship of the early first half of the 20th century.
Originally published as a fine press book by Henry Morris on his renowned Bird & Bull Press, this edition has an expanded text with many additional historical illustrations. This edition also features forty-six colour and forty-six black and white photographs of Bernard Middleton's finest binding designs.
Recollections: A Life in Bookbinding should be on the shelf of any bibliophile interested in fine hand binding and the traditions of the men and women who make up this important art form.
Two of the plates showing the author's work in full color. Each photograph is referenced by a brief paragraph that explanations the materials and techniques used.
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