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Bernard Middleton Exhibit



                TWENTY-FIVE GOLD-TOOLED BOOKBINDINGS:
          An International Tribute to Bernard C. Middleton

will be on display in the Book Arts and Special Collections Center, 6th Floor,
San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center, through June 29, 1997.

Fine bookbinding and gold-tooling enthusiasts will enjoy this exhibition of
designer bindings honoring respected craftsman and noted bookbinding historian,
Bernard C. Middleton. Each of the 25 gold-tooled contemporary bindings executed
by some of the world's most talented bookbinders focuses on Middleton's
memoirs, _Recollections_, recently produced by the Bird & Bull Press.

Gold-tooling is one of the most visible and striking of all the traditional
techniques, but it has been in less evidence with each passing decade. This
exhibit gives binders the opportunity to show what they can still do. All the
binders featured were trained in European traditions, but received their
training in a variety of ways from trade apprenticeships to art colleges and at
widely different times from the 1930s to the 1980s. The exhibit also features
Mr. Middleton's own magnificent binding on the Library's copy of the Bruce
Rogers Oxford Lectern Bible.

A catalogue of the exhibit, featuring essays by Mr. Middleton and Dr. Marianne
Tidcombe, as well as full color photographs of the bindings on display, is
available through the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library bookstore or
from the publisher, Oak Knoll Books.

For more information, please contact the Book Arts and Special Collection
Center at 415-557-4560.


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