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"Recollections" - Autobiography of Bernard Middleton

Dear Book Arts members,

For bookbinding enthusiasts, Oak Knoll Press, a scholarly publisher, has
recently published -

                       A Life in Bookbinding

                     by Bernard C. Middleton
                 Foreword by Marianne Tidcombe

This is the long-awaited autobiography of Bernard Middleton, renowned book
restorer, binding scholar and international lecturer on bookbinding
techniques. Originally published as a fine press book by Henry Morris at
the renowned Bird & Bull Press, the author has expanded the text and added
many illustrations of his most inspired bindings. In this new edition over
90 of his bindings are illustrated, 46 in full color.
     This important work is not only Mr. Middleton's personal story but
also a well-documented and illustrated insight into Britain's indentured
apprenticeship programs of the mid-20th century. In this very warm story,
we follow the gangly teenager into England's strict trade schools system,
through his apprenticeship, his military service during the war, to his
first position as an apprentice binder for The British Library. Each
chapter is well illustrated with many personal photographs as the young
binder advances to manager at the famed Zaehnsdorf Bindery and sets the
foundation of his own business.
    Since 1963, Middleton has been one of Britain's foremost book craftsmen
and trade historians, lecturing and teaching in Europe, the United States,
and South America. Among his many literary achievements are numerous trade
articles, introductory essays, and five books. Co-published with The
British Library.

To view the book cover, read further information on this work, and to order
the book
visit http://www.oakknoll.com/pressrel/middle.html.

2000, hardcover, 7 x 10 inches, 140 pages including 46 bindings in full color
ISBN: 1-58456-016-9 / Order No. 58340-EM / Price $39.95
Sales Rights: Worldwide except UK. Available in U.K. from The British Library

                           Available from:
Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720 USA
Phone: (302) 328-7232 / Toll-free 1-800-996-2556 / Fax: (302) 328-7274
Email: oakknoll@oakknoll.com / Web: www.oakknoll.com

Michael Guessford
Publicity & Marketing Director
Oak Knoll Books (ABAA and ILAB) / Oak Knoll Press / St. Paul's Bibliographies
310 Delaware Street / New Castle DE 19720
Phone (302) 328-7232 / Toll-free 1-800-996-2556 / Fax (302) 328-7274
Email: oakknoll@oakknoll.com / Web: http://www.oakknoll.com

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