COVER DESIGN EXAMPLES
by Marky Miles
Member: Guild of Book Workers
 
 
Bible bound in leather. Unique inlay personalized design  
PEACEABLE KINGDOM RANCH
  • Bible with design customized to match customer home site. 
  • Leather inlay of goat skin. 
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers 
  • I can design a cover to match your ideas (within reason). 
  • Resides in customer hands
 
Bible, Flower inlay design, personalized
 
BLUE WILDFLOWER
 
  • Customized Bible with flower inlay design. 
  • Drawn from life
  • Gold-stamped lettering. 
  • Goat skin 
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers 
  • Available for sale - $550 ( New Revised Standard Bible, Old and New Testament, Revised 1952,  Presentation Bible by the Kentucky Heights Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, lightly used) 
Book of Prayer, flower inlay design, leather  
 
 ETERNAL DANDELIONS
  • Prayer Book, dandelion flower inlay design, 15.5 x 11.5 cm. 
  • Drawn from life.
  • Gold-stamped title on spine.  
  • Full leather binding of dark green goat skin. Multicolored goat skin inlays.
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers 
  • Available for sale - $1500 ( The Book of Common Prayer for The Episcopal Church, 1979.  Accompanied by hand made clam-shell box constructed and sized specifically for this collector's item.)
 
Personalized book design cover: sea shore and kites
 
JOURNAL
  • Personalized book cover shown as an example of what can be done. 
  • Hand drawn and painted as a flight of imagination (one of 2, the other has been sold)
  • 144 blank pages
  • "Journal" appears on the front.  Additional lettering can be added if desired.
  • Painted on American Goat skin 
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers 
  • Available for sale - $250 (Would make a unique gift to someone special for a diary or journal)
  • I can create another book, uniquely design a personalized cover and include as many blank pages as desired. 
 
Inlaid leather design: daisies for a favorite book
 
DAISIES AMONG THORNS
 
  • Do you have a favorite book that needs recovering? 
  • How about a cover design that reflects the book?
  • Let me know what your ideas are and let's see what ideas come forth. 
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers
  • Book in Marky's personal library
Leather binding, simple by customer request
BELOVED BOOKS AND SPECIAL REQUESTS: 
 
  • Routinely, this is the kind of work I do in my shop.
  • This book was beloved and special to the customer. 
  • We gave it special treatment (fitted-parallogram-tab repair, as shown below,  was required) as we do for all work we accept.
  • It is a bible simply repaired and recovered in cowhide. 
  • Book resides in customer hands
  • No external lettering at customer request.  However, lettering is almost always requested.
  • I do many bibles, boy scout books, dog-chewed-on-it books, bedtime story books, etc. 
  • Papers of special signifignance can be bound for presentation at special events. Examples inlcude flight logs, 
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers included as in all our work
  • example of repair insert and ribbon bookmark
     
    REPAIR, RECONSTRUCTION AND RESTITCHING
     
    • Torn pages and spines repaired as necessary and when possible.  Various special repair techniques applied when required.
    • Example to left is of "fitted parallogram-tab" repair perfected by Marky.  Using Japanese mending paper, it is subtly inserted under the original book stitching.  This technique often avoids dismemberment of the book signature and risking possible damage yet makes a strong binding . 
    • Following this repair, the book is restiched by following the original stitching through the spine. 
    • The ribbon bookmark is a customer optional feature. 
    • DuPont Tyvek®  endpapers used on all work.
    • This book example now resides in customer hands.
    Endpaper using Tyvek and Marky's personal coloring
     
    DURABLE ENDPAPER
     
  • DuPont Tyvek®  endpaper example. 
  • I use Tyvek® material in all my reconstructions. 
  • The Tyvek® material can be colored using random colors.  Each is uniquely hand painted  The material is personally selected and colored to match the color scheme of  your customized book cover design.  An example is the background for my homepage.
  • The strength of Tyvek® is amazing!  It simply cannot be torn by hand.
  • Award winning design suitable for Bishop's use
     
    AWARD WINNING ECCLESIASTICAL  DESIGN
    AVAILABLE FOR ALTAR BOOK
     
    • This design won honorable mention at the 1997 Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition & Award for American Bookbinding held at the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. 
    • Marky was featured as one of the 22 leading American bookbinders chosen for inclusion in the DeGolyer Exhibition.
    • This unique design was executed as a concept, but has never been used in a book cover.  Blue Nigerian goat skin. Multi-colored goatskin inlays. 
    • The design represents the seasonal stoles in the traditional liturgical colors.  It would be suitable for covering a very large Altar  Holy Book. 
     
     
    MARKY MILES
    MISSION BOOKBINDERY
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
    (512) 884-9166
    email contact: mcleandc@texas.net
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