For this simple panel design of The Restoration of Leather Bindings, I propose a full black goatskin tight-joint case binding. The sheets will be sewn on three tapes, all text block edges will be gilded, and silk headbands will be sewn by hand. The title will be stamped in gold on the spine and the framed lines and dagger-shaped corner pieces will likewise be tooled before casing in. A custom engraved brass die will impress the author's cascading initials inside the central red leather inlay. Please imagine Bernard Middleton's handwriting in place of the cursive font shown in the design proposal. The binding will also feature marbled endpapers by Catherine Levine. I often refer to Middleton's works when repairing antique books. It would be an honor and a delight to execute a fine binding of The Restoration of Leather Bindings.
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