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You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover

You Can Judge a Book by its Cover: 33 MINIATURE DESIGNER BINDINGS

This exhibition celebrates the variety and beauty of the art of book binding with 33 different interpretations of the same book by a group of distinguished and talented book binders. Mel Kavin, a publisher and collector with a keen interest in bookbinding, commissioned designer binder and author, Bernard Middleton, to write the text of You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover, with the goal to produce a miniature book. The first book was designed by Ward Ritchie, with a book binding designed by Tini & Einen Miura, and printed by Henry Morris. Kavin went on to commission other world-class binders to design and create a binding of the Middleton text, and said he eventually stopped at 33 books, for no good reason “but that I had to stop somewhere.” Together these 33 books highlight a wide spectrum of celebrated 20th century book binding artists and the artistry of the miniature  book. 


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