The hand tooling along the colored leather strips represent traditional lacing-on of boards and Bernard Middleton's approach to design expressed in his Recollections: A Life in Bookbinding. (This sample is only a representation of the decorative tools that will be used.) The haphazardness of the onlays represents the elements that need to be placed back in order when a leather binding is restored. The proposed binding will be full goatskin with goatskin onlays. The tooling will be done by hand in gold. The layer of leather at the inside spine will be alum tawed goatskin. Doublures and flyleaves will be goatskin with onlays and gold tooling. Drawings and any other ephemera will be enclosed in a heavy paper portfolio placed inside a drop spine cloth box with the binding.
Fox, Gabrielle, “Fox,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed December 3, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/2332.