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Comparative Diagram 1 - selected examples of the Dubuisson imprint pd-12 from Gallica.

On this page we are going to look at high resolution imprints from the Bibliotheque Nationale Gallica site. Gallica provides you with a way to see certain bindings and or documents with high resolution imagery. They allow you to use these images for non commercial purposes providing that you acknowledge the BnF as the source of the images. Within the Gallica system of image manipulation you will find that they offer downloads of the entire image or enlarged selected areas of the image. In this research we need to be able to measure imprints very precisely so that they can be compared with other examples with confidence. So we need to first to check the images downloaded from Gallica and or rescale them to their correct size this can be done relatively simply. First we will download from Gallica their full image of the front board of the binding we were looking at on the previous page namely a binding found in the BnF selection of Padeloup binding examples. This is the last binding in the list, Reliure mosaïquée à décor à la dentelle aux armes de Marie-Antoinette, reine de France. Paris, BnF, RLR, RES-YD-47

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Click on the binding thumbnail and it will take you to the Gallica page for this binding, click on my images here to see an enlargement of these screenshots.

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On the gallica page you click on the magnifying icon to bring up the image zoom and then find the selection tools that will allow you to download parts or all of this binding, you can download the entire image. This will be at 72 dpi and not to scale, rescale it to the size given in the binding data, if you want to check the size of your enlarged selections. I have verified this and found that if you select the imprint as shown below and the option I have selected in the sidebar you will receive a 400 dpi image that is at correct scale.

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In Comparative Diagram 1, I have assembled the imprint examples of the Dubuisson imprint pd-12, within these you can observe a small flaw that may serve as an absolute proof when comparing these imprints. I have chosen this particular imprint because from the time of Dubuisson onward for a number of decades, many other binders adopted a tool of this kind and used them in ways identical to the work of Dubuisson. Thus in the huge assortment of very similar bindings by numerous other binders we find this tool. Now if we can identify each one comparatively we can quickly determine which binder we are dealing with. This is very interesting and rewarding work.
I decided to use the Biblioteque Nationale binding examples listed for Derome le jeune, there are six and I was surprised to see that many are from the later part of Derome's career. It is well known that Derome employed other binders to do his work and this I suspect happened near the end of his career. I discovered this some time ago while researching the binder Jean-Pierre Jubert (click here to see this page), and documented the fact that his tools and or tooling is found on a number of famous Derome bindings, that is to say bindings with Derome's ticket inside however the main part of the decoration was done by Jubert who was probably just as good at it as Derome but not nearly as famous, in fact the BnF appears to still be unaware of his importance, Derome occasionally decorated the spine himself with his own tools, and this has I believe confused a lot of "experts" past and present. As soon as I recovered the imprints from Gallica of this tool on the bindings that the Bibliotheque Nationale has proclaimed to be the work of Derome what did I find?

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Comparative Diagram 2 - selected examples of imprints from the BnF Derome example bindings vs pd-12 examples

YES here we have the work and tools of Jubert on at least two of the six Derome bindings. What a shocking state of affairs when the Bibliotheque Nationale cannot even correctly identify the work of Derome. Imagine all the poor mislead booksellers who have used the pages of the BN as a reference to identify bindings that they think may or may not be a Derome. Fortunately the British Library has carefuly and correctly identified a number of true Derome bindings where we can find actual Derome examples of this tool. These copy more closely the Dubuisson original.

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Comparative Diagram 3 - selected examples of the Dubuisson imprint pd-12 vs similar imprints from Derome le jeune and Jean-Pierre Jubert.

In Comparative Diagram 3, I show 2 Derome examples from the British Library, these are undisputedly Derome bindings and Derome tools. We can see now the distinct differences in these tools and if you see one on a binding remember that they are a real key to identifying famous French bookbinders of the 18th Centhury.

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the last fanfare

Atelier I B 31/10/2014

Icons of the Renaissance 06/02/2014

Atelier au trefle 22/12/2014 most recent page

Atelier Royal 1518 - 1524 09/11/2014

Unraveling G. D. Hobson's book on fanfares 27/11/2014

16c fanfare on eBay 23/11/2014

another Padeloup binding on eBay 07/12/2014

Rare Padeloup binding on eBay 15/11/2014

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson's work attributed to Derone le jeune 23/10/2014 (unfinished work now finished)

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson's work attributed to Douceur 22/10/2014 (an under contruction page finished at last)

Louis-Marie Michon - the 1956 Disaster 19/10/2014 (an unfinished page finished at last)

Louis XII Dolphins motif 03/02/2014

Aristophanes Binder 1543 02/02/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - Atlas Catalan 12/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Linacre bindings 05/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier c. 1500-1520

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Chronology 16/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Inventory - binding No. 29 19/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Inventory - binding No. 39 19/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - The mysterious disappearance of François Tissard d'Amboise 23/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - The Simon Vostre fiasco 18/01/2014

L'Atelier Simon Vostre 1486-1521 01/01/2014

L'Atelier de Pierre Roffet 1511-1533 - TOOL CATALOGUE 26/01/2014

L'Atelier de Pierre Roffet 1511-1533 27/12/2013

Pierre Roffet - fleur-de-lis binder 28/12/2013

Fleur-de-lis Binder 1525-1540 27/11/2013

Du Saix Master 02/12/2013

Atelier Étienne Roffet 1538-1549 12/12/2013

Atelier Jean Picard 1538-1547

Imitative Binder c.1540 15/12/2013

Salel Binder 1540 17/11/2013

Atelier Ruette 1606-1669 INVENTORY

Atelier Macé Ruette 1606-1644

Atelier du Maitre Doreur 1622-1638

Atelier Antoine Ruette 1638-1669

Atelier des Caumartin 1652-1715

Atelier de Charenton 1670-1685

Atelier Luc-Antoine Boyet 1685-1733

Atelier Antoine-Michel Padeloup. dit Le Jeune 1685-1758

Atelier Louis Douceur 1721-1769

Atelier Pierre-Paul Dubuisson 1746-1762

Atelier Nicolas-Denis Derome, dit Derome le Jeune 1761-1788

Atelier Jean-Pierre Jubert, 1771-1793?

Atelier MM binder, 1770-179-?

A word of Caution

Even experts are sometimes wrong, before you spend thousands on a book, please do your own research! Just because I say a certain binding can be attributed to le Maitre isn't any kind of guarantee, don't take my word for it, go a step further and get your own proof. In these pages I have provided you with a way of doing just that.

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