French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1751

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A 1751 Almanach Royal decorated by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson
arms of the King of Spain Fernando VI.

PR. Real Biblioteca | PAS/ARM3/46 | Olim: VIII-E-5

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This binding has been faithfully recorded by the staff at the Royal Library it is one of a long series of these Almanach Royals. One day someone comes in while they are recording as says oh that's a binding by Padeloup, and because that someone is a respected expert the staff attribute the binding to Padeloup, never mind the fact that they have recorded the previous 1750 Almanach as being the work of Dubuisson. We can see the same imprints here as the ones on last years Almanach. Oh well, for now we can collect the new imprints that arrived with this 1751 Almanach.

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1751 Dubuisson mosaic
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Comparative Disgram 1- 1751 Almanach Royal imprint vs Dubuisson imprint pd-7-4.

In Comparative Diagram 1, we see the Dubuisson imprint pd-7-4, this is probably one of Dubuisson's more important signature tools, and we detailed it last year. (click here to see this research)

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Comparative Diagram 2 - 1751 imprints vs 1775 imprints
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Comparative Diagram 3 - enlarged overlay 1751 vs 1775 Delorme imprints (1000dpi.)

Last year when we were examining the Delorme binding BnF, RLR, RES 8-LC25-18 (A), that is found online at the Bibliotheque nationale de France (click here to see it), I did not have a good example of the 1751 imprints shown in Comparative Diagram 3. We know now that these are Dubuisson's original tools that were later used by Jean Delorme to decorate a 1775 Almanach Royal for Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France. Here we can now show in the Comparative Diagram 3, that the 1775 imprints are in fact identical to the 1751 imprints. The light green outline is that of the 1775 imprint and the darker brown outline is that of the 1751 imprint placed overtop of it at a 40% level of transparency. The brown outline has been shifted to one side slightly to reveal the lighter green outline under it.


Comparative Disgram 4 - 1751 imprints vs Dubuisson imprints.


Comparative Diagram 5 - Dubuisson imprint vs J A Derome imprint (600dpi.)

Now we have catalogued most of the imprints on this 1751 Almanach Royal, including some that I have not previously included in the inventory, such as the imprint in Comparative Diagram 5, this unusual fat drawer handle, is perhaps what has fooled some into thinking this binding was made by J A Derome, he had a very similar tool. Below in Comparative Diagram 6, I show the famous trident that set Michon off his rails, we have only for the moment these blurred examples Ithat are shown at 1200dpi. We will try to find better more detailed examples on the next page where we will look at 1752 Royal Almanach that is mysteriously almost devoid of identifiable imprints.


Comparative Disgram 6 - Dubuisson tridents 1200dpi.

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Comparative Diagram 7 - 1751 palette
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see below links to previous work

Atelier I B 31/10/2014

Icons of the Renaissance 06/02/2014

Atelier au trefle 22/12/2014

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

the last Padeloup fanfare?

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

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