- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1997.
- cloth, paper cover label.
- 76 pages
- ISBN: 1884718361
Price: $150.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 46857
Numbered, signed and limited to 200 copies. Includes an Introduction and Preface by Dr. Marianne Tidcombe and an essay on "The Use of Gold in Bookbinding" by Bernard C. Middleton. Fine bookbinding and gold-tooling enthusiasts will enjoy this exhibition catalogue of designer bindings honoring respected craftsman and noted bookbinding historian, Bernard C. Middleton. Each of the 25 gold-tooled contemporary bindings executed by some of the world's most talented bookbinders focus on Middleton's memoirs, Recollections, produced by the venerable Henry Morris at his Bird & Bull Press. The catalogue includes a short one-page biography and photograph of each binder and on the facing page, a photograph of the binding as well description of the binding is included. The very words "gold-tooled bindings" bring to mind beauty, brilliance, and luxury. Gold-tooling is one of the most visible and striking of all the traditional techniques, but it has been less evident with each passing decade. This occasion gave binders the opportunity to show what they are still capable of. While enjoying the beauty of the bindings in this collection and reflecting on the skilled craftsmanship that has gone into making them, one soon regrets that this kind of work is such a rarity. At the end of the twentieth century, the number of hand-binders who regularly produce gold-tooled bindings has dwindled dramatically from even only 25 years ago. This exhibition, travelling from The British Library to the Rochester Institute of Technology and the San Francisco Library in the first half of 1997, and this catalogue as a tribute to Bernard Middleton will be successful if it encourages hand binders to use more gold-tooling and lettering on their bindings and if it demonstrates to collectors and connoisseurs of fine bindings that beautiful gold-tool bindings will continue if there is a demand for them.