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New book: RESTORATION OF LEATHER BINDINGS



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 publications.

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 drawings.

Hardcover, 8 x 10 inches, illustrated, 200 pages.
ISBN 1-884718-50-7 / Order# 50342-I9 / Price $35.00 + shipping

Available in sheets suitable for binding.
Order# 50322-I9 / Price $20.00 + shipping
DUE TO BE PUBLISHED MAY 1998
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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
Phone: (302) 328-7232 / Fax: (302) 328-7274 / Email: oakknoll@xxxxxxxxxxxx
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