French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1753

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A 1753 Almanach Royal decorated by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson
arms and monogram of the King of Spain Fernando VI.

PR. Real Biblioteca | PAS/ARM3/48 | Olim: VIII-E-5

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This 1753 binding has even less in the way of recognizable tools, however we are in luck because this binding has one of Dubuisson's tickets inside and therefore has been attributed to him, as shown in the Royal Library notation...

Notas: Enc. rococó en mosaico de pieles color marfil punteada de oro, piel granate y verde, combinadas con talcos transparentes y de colores rosa y plata; planos profusamente decorados; en plano ant., miniatura representando esc. real pintado con palmas y dos leones, dentro de un medallón y protegido por una lámina de talco transparente; en plano post., monograma de Luis XV sobre manto de armiño azul, según López Serrano; encuadramiento realizado en mosaico de pieles y talcos metálicos, con hierros dorados y decoración geométrica o de rejilla; lomo con decoración en dorado, en mosaico y con talcos rosa y plata; cantos, contracantos y cortes dorados; y guardas en moaré azul. Deteriorado. Ex libris real de la época de Carlos IV-Fernando VII con olim: VIII-E-5. H. de grab. calc: "Dubuisson fils inv.", representando varios angelotes trabajando en un taller de encuadernación, y en una cortina la leyenda: "Du Buisson le fils, Relieur Doreur..."

What we can see is that at this period in time there was a huge rush into colored tin foil as the next vogue in bookbinding decoration. The covers have been transformed into a sparkling jewel like spectacle. Not without some risk it seems these tinfoil adorned bindings are often found in tatters.

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1753 Dubuisson mosaic
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1753 Dubuisson palette

While there are none of Dubuisson's usual imprints on the boards that will help us to identify this work as his, the spine has been decorated with an unmistakable Dubuisson palette. On the next page we are going to see another 1753 Almanach Royal with this identical palette and spine compartment decoration. We know that this Royal Library example has a Dubuisson signature ticket inside, therefore when we see an identical decoration on the next Almanach we can be sure it is also a Dubuisson,

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