This proposed design for The Restoration of Leather Bindings features scarf-joined goatskin and calfskin leathers offset by lines of recessed onlays in white and black leather. The leather will be dyed with aniline dyes. There will be leather hinges and blue marbled flyleaves and pastedowns. The sections will be sewn on frayed-out cords, with the cords laced in to the boards. The binding will have front bead silk headbands in brown and red. All edges will be trimmed and decorated with graphite. The binding will be titled on the spine in gold. The color palette is a mixture of browns and reds as leather rebackings on historical bindings so often utilize a mixture of those colors. The verticality of the design is reminiscent of the elegant geometry of Middleton's own fine bindings.
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