|I found another Doucer binding in a Sotheby's auction by seaching for Lucretius instead of Lucrèce (click here to see this auction page). This binding has many things in common with a few other items that we have already looked at. Perhaps the differences in the tools used will give us some idea of chronolgy.|
|If you look carefully at the spine palettes in Comparative Diagram 1, you will see that a number of spines have been decorated top and bottom with d-palette-3, two also have the d-palette-2 (C and E). Spine "E" has the same palette arrangement as the 1760 example and also is the only one in this collection with a different corner tool.|
I realized after doing Comparative Diagram 2, that it will be critically important to show that the imprint d-21-4 is actually the same imprint that is seen on bindings A B and C. Thus Comparative Diagram 4 with an overlay match is proof positive that this douceur tool was in use not only from an early period but also long after his death. Imprints that are the centerpiece of spine compartments seem to be a sort of signature that a binder will often use for years, like corner tools they are remembered by collectors as the mark of their favorite binder. Many have chronological implications as do palettes.
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