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Spine compartment detail from REZ-Z-3699 enlarged to 600 dpi.


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!


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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.


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Comparative Diagram 1 - assorted Derome le jeune imprints dj-4. Shown at 500 dpi (scale in mm)




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Comparative Diagram 2 - MM Binder vs Derome le jeune dj-4. Shown at 800 dpi



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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see below links to previous work





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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