A large graphic M signifies Middleton's last name and his long, productive, and influential career. The quotation cited above is blind embossed within the M: the words contained within the letter represents Middleton's wealth of knowledge that he generously shares with the bookbinding community. Various fonts and sizes are used to provide emphasis, but all are blind embossed to keep these in the background. The small red diamond symbolizes his success as a binder and restorer as well as a teacher of fine binding. It also implies that success is not attained until you build upon the tenets he presents, precept by precept. As a reference book, the volume should open flat and stay open hands-free during use. For these reasons, I have chosen a contemporary sewn-boards binding done on tapes with link stitch for strength. Harmitan leather in black and yellow were selected because there are few absolutes (no black and white) in restoration. Red is used as an accent color to signify success and the joy of binding. Sewn boards binding, link stitch on tapes, full leather cover in yellow and black Harmitan with small accents of color. Title is stamped in foil. The endpapers are hand decorated paper by Nan Kirby. Edges are yellow with black sprinkle.
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