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Subject: New edition of Middleton

New edition of Middleton

From: Esther C. Fan <oakknoll>
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 1998
Oak Knoll Press would like to announce the May publication of this
classic work in the field of bookbinding and restoration:

    Restoration of Leather Bindings
    By Bernard C. Middleton

>From the author of History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique
(also published by Oak Knoll Press & The British Library), this
classic in the field of bookbinding is a practical guide to the
restoration of leather bindings. Revised and expanded from the 1984
edition, this work reflects advances in techniques and materials,
and contains current information on suppliers and related

The book has chapters concerning definition of terms, tools and
materials, cleaning, removing the spine, resewing and alternatives;
gluing, rounding and backing; headbanding, back lining, preparation
of boards, rebacking, replacing the spine, repairing caps and outer
joints, repairing caoutchouc bindings, repairing corners, blending
new endpapers, straightening warped boards, rebonding pasteboards,
salvaging old sides; staining, aging, tooling and refurbishing,
recording repairs and a section of selected reading. Alternative
approaches are included for rebinding when the original covers have
been lost or are beyond restoration, modern rebinding, and
replication of original bindings by combining elements of both
modern and historical binding techniques.

During the past 15 to 20 years, a strong tendency has developed, in
some institutional libraries, to treat bindings so that they can be
safely preserved without resorting to full restoration. This is a
difficult and expensive process and sometimes results in loss of
historical evidence. These techniques which have been devised are
described and illustrated in a Supplement. The author has also
briefly reviewed the current state of the labor force in binding
restoration and repair, and of the availability of materials and
tools. He also describes and illustrates extremely poor repair
technique, as an example of what should not be done. "Sources of
Supply" and "Selected Reading" have also been revised.

Middleton's work is designed to be a comprehensive handbook for
practitioner and student alike when formal training in restorative
techniques are unavailable. With numerous photographs and line

Hardcover, 8 x 10 inches, illustrated, 200 pages. ISBN 1-884718-50-7
Order# 50342-I11 / Price $35.00 + shipping. Available in sheets
suitable for binding. Order# 50322-I11 / Price $20.00 + shipping Due
to be published May 1998. For quickest delivery, please place your
advance order now.

Shipping and handling is $4.00 for the first copy and $0.75 for each
additional copy for delivery via UPS Ground in the US. Shipping and
handling is $5.50 for single-copy orders and will be added based on
weight for multiple copy orders for delivery via IPC outside the US.
Books will be shipped upon publication. Priority shipping is
available for an extra charge.

Order from:

    Oak Knoll Books
    Specialists in Books about Books, the History of the Book
    and the Book Arts (ABAA/ILAB)
    414 Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720 USA
    Fax: 302-328-7274
    oakknoll [at] oakknoll__com

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