Recollections, My Life in Bookbinding
Newton, Pennsylvania: Bird & Bull Press, 1995. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 77 of 200, quarto size, 107 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL206
"Recollections" is a memoir of an estimable bookbinder, Bernard C. Middleton (b. 1924), a skilled restorer of bindings as well as a prolific writer on the techniques of the craft; his memoir tells of his life and work as a binder, how he and his wife Dora built their business, with an easygoing language and gentle storytelling. The book contains numerous photographs of the inside of Middleton's bindery, as well as examples of some of Middleton's own bookbinding work; a fascinating read of the life and career of one of the world's most prominent binders.
A Foreword by Dr. Marianne Tidcombe precedes the memoir; Tidcombe has written extensively on bookbinding and fine presses, including books on the Doves Press and on women bookbinders.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue leather with beige paper boards, vertical rules in red, blue, and gilt with gilt ornament on the front and rear boards, red leather spine label with silver lettering and ruled border, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, title page in red and black, black-and-white photographs and facsimiles throughout, eight full-colour plates showing examples of bookbindings towards the centre of the book; Dante types, quarto size (10" by 6.5"), pagination: [1-8] 9-105 [106-107], one of 200 copies, this number 77. In a slipcase covered in dark blue cloth with red cloth on the top and bottom.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean overall with the barest hint of a stray mark or two, without wear.
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