French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1754

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A 1754 Almanach Royal decorated by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson
arms and monogram of the King of Spain Fernando VI.

PR. Real Biblioteca | PAS/ARM3/49 | Olim: VIII-E-5

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This binding is perhaps the most important binding that we have looked at so far, there is here a return to some of the older tools, but more importantly some new tools that we have not seen before. Tools that will then become much used in the Almanach Royals of the next few years. Several years ago or more I discovered a 1756 Almanach Royal in Rahir's 1910 catalogue, in the description they attribute the binding to Dubuisson, however as I could see a lot of new tools, tools that I did not recognize, I was not quick to accept it as a real Dubuisson. Here however in this 1754 Almanach we discover not only these new tools but also a binding that was certainly made by Dubuisson.

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1754 Dubuisson mosaic
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Comparative Disgram 1- 1754 Almanach Royal spine compartment imprints vs pd-21a and 21b

In Comparative Diagram 1, we see Pierre-Pauls trademark imprints pd-21a and 21b, he used these tools on a majority of his mosaic bindings as well as on his dentelle bindings. I have detailed the authenticity of these imprints on another page (click here to see it), you can see the cross in the center of these small flowers, this is not often easy to see and we must congratulate the Royal Library on the quality of their reproductions. The next thing that we cannot fail to notice is the palette at the base of the spine, I have documented this palette numberous times, Dubussion used this palette more than any other. I have catalogued it as the rodeo palette, it is one of Dubuissons earliest tools, and I show it on a new page dealing with Dubussion's early tools (click here to see this page). In fact you can see it on a 1746 Almanach Royal held in the Real Biblioteca (click here to see it). Thus these imprints on the spine confirm absolutely that this binding derives from the workshops of the Dubuisson's, now we can look for some of the other imprints that we recognize from our study of these mosaic bindings.


Comparative Diagram 2 - 1754 pd-8 imprints


Comparative Diagram 3 - pd-8 imprints enlarged to 1200dpi.

When I was trying to extract the new imprints I noticed just how much smaller they are, the older tools have been replaced by minitures


Comparative Diagram 4 - 1754 imprints pd-40-2 vs Dubuisson imprints pd-40.


Comparative Diagram 5 - 1754 imprints pd-9-3.


Comparative Diagram 6 - pd-9, pd-9-2, pd-9-3 imprints.


Comparative Diagram 7 - Dubuisson trident type pd-7-2

In Comparative Diagram 7, we see an enormously important imprint that Dubuisson used extensively. I am not sure if it replaces the usual trident pd-7 from 1754 onwards, it will be interesting to find out. These imprints are so small that we are not going to get much of a picture of them from the reproduction in the Royal Library. It is a sad fact that printing methods were in 1910 far superior to anything we are able to achieve today. The reproductions in Rahir's catalogues, can be run through a scanner and yeild an image as good as if you were scanning the binding itself. Thus in these diagrams I am resorting to using his 1910 reproduction of a 1756 Almanach Royal to find imprints that are the same as those on this 1754 Almanach. (click here to see Rahir's 1756 Almanach Royal, No.171g)


Comparative Disgram 8 - 1754 Almanach Royal imprints pd-34a-3 and 34b-3 vs 1756 Almanach Royal imprints.


Comparative Diagram 9 - 1754 imprints pd-73a vs 1756 imprints


Comparative Diagram 10 - 1754 imprints pd-73b vs 1756 imprints

Be careful I have enlarged the imprints in Comparative Diagrams 9 and 10 to 1000dpi. These imprints are tiny, much less than a centimeter long, however they are critically important in our analysis of the bindings that follow, these tools are used often, and part of an important collection of imprints that will be indispensible in identifying Dubuisson bindings. One more critical element is shown below it is a palette that served to make borders as though it was a roulette, you will see this particular palette often, particularly on all the mosaic bindings that Michon has attributed to J A Derome.


1754 roulette palette

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1754 Dubuisson imprints.
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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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