|We have now shown that the first and second examples of bindings that the Bibliotheque Nationale has attributed to Derome le jeune were not bindings decorated by him nor was the third or fifth, now we look at the 4th and predictably this is another MM binding we see immediately the same tools as shown on the bindings BnF, RLR, B-182 and BnF, RLR, B-183 which are obviously not Derome bindings!|
|This is getting embarassing but predicable. In the Gallica enlargement shown at the top of the page, that is from a spine compartment of this 4th example (REZ-Z-3699) is an imprint that should have alerted the BnF staff to something being amiss. It is a particular form of imprint that I have studied closely and especially the Derome example. Often referred to as fer à l'oiseau of Derome, It was annoying to think that Derome with whom the name is often associated, did not invent this tool but rather copied it from Dubuisson. This provoked me into researching these tools with a passion (for example on this page). I have assembled numerous Derome examples for comparative purposes in the diagram shown below.|
In Comparative Diagram 2, you can see that the differences in these two imprints are very significant. This should have been the first clue that this binding is not a Derome even if you think all the other tools might be. Well this leaves only one last binding to examine, hopefully it will be a Derome!
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