All of us the Cary Collection are deeply saddened to hear the recent news of the passing of Bernard C. Middleton MBE, (1924-2019). At the heart of the Cary Collection are several collections that have elevated our library to a center of research on the history of the book. One of these is undoubtedly the Bernard C. Middleton Collection of Books on the History and Practice of Bookbinding. Installed in its own room in the Cary Collection in 2000, the Middleton Collection comprises over 2,000 volumes and additional primary research material that Middleton carefully selected over the course of his fabled career. The collection continues to grow, as Cary curators acquire new material and humbly carry on Middleton’s work as a collector.
On a daily basis, Cary curators and researchers consult material from the “Middleton Room,” as it is affectionally called. One cannot use the collection without thinking of the life of Bernard Middleton. He was a legendary bookbinder, educator, and scholar, whose influence will resound for a long time to come. We are honored and grateful to preserve some of his enormous legacy here in the Cary Collection. Bernard and his family and friends are in our thoughts.