Art of the Bookbinder and Gilder 1772, The; Translated into English by Richard Macintyre Atkinson

Early Key Volume on the History and Technique of Bookbinding
Beautifully Bound

[MIDDLETON, Bernard, binder]. DUDIN, M. The Art of the Bookbinder and Gilder 1772. Translated into English by Richard Macintyre Atkinson. Leeds: The Elmete Press, 1977.

First edition in English of L'Art du relieur doreur de livres, limited to 490 numbered copies, this being copy no. 57. Folio (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in; 352 x 242 mm). xiv, 126, [2] pp. Sixteen plates with descriptive text.

Bound in 1979 by Bernard C. Middleton (stamp-signed at lower right corner of rear flyleaf) in tan goatskin, covers with vertical strip of green goatskin decorated with gold tools of birds, flowers, harps etc. between plain wide strips of black goatskin and outer gilt rolls of small stars, titled in gilt down black goatskin spine, black suede doublures, Japanese paper flyleaves. All edges gilt. A tight, pristine copy. Housed in a quarter morocco drop-back clamshell box lined with black suede, slightly rubbed at corners.

Bernard C. Middleton, M.B.E., F.S.A (b. 1924) is one of the most skilled craftsman of our time. His extraordinary career has now spanned some seventy years, as bookbinder, teacher and writer. The renowned Bernard C. Middleton Collection of Books on Bookbinding rests at the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology Library.

"For students of library history whose view of it includes historical bibliography, Dudin's L'art de rélieur-doreur de livres (Paris, 1772) is a book of considerable interest. Part of its importance derives from its inclusion in the monumental, unnumbered series of the Académie Royale des Sciences of Paris, Descriptions dea arts et mêtiers. The idea for the series- a detailed, scientifically objective, illustrated description of all the mechanical arts or crafts practiced in France - dates back to 1666" (Horn, Journal of Library History, Vol 14, No. 4, Fall 1979, p. 511).

"The earliest technical works upon Bookbinding are not easily accessible, and are chiefly known on account of an allusion to them in a later work, entitled: L'Art du Relieur-doreur de Livres. This treatise was written by M. Dudin" (Home, The Binding of Books: An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings, p. viii). Item #02854

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