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French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1758

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A 1758 Almanach Royal decorated by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson
arms of the King of Spain Fernando VI.

PR. Real Biblioteca | PAS/ARM3/53 | Olim: VIII-E-5

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This 1757 Almanach Royal with the arms of the King of Spain, has been elaborately decorated with many of the same tools that we have cataloged on the previous pages, as well as with a few additional new ones. There can be no doubt that this binding derives from the Dubuisson's workshop, the same tools being found on this whole series of Almanachs destined for the King of Spain, Fernando VI.



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1758 Dubuisson mosaic
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Comparative Diagram 1 - 1758 Almanach Royal imprints 300dpi.
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In Comparative Diagram 1, I have tried to show all of the main imprints found on this 1758 Almanach Royal, those shown with blue ink are new tools, that I have never noticed before and probably were not found on any almamach before. The imprint pd-8-2 shows up here for the first time in the spine compartments, I am not sure if I hve recorded it from an earlier date. We see here a good selection of tools that will help us to identify more Dubuissson mosaic bindings such as the one shown below.


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L'Office de la Semaine Sainte en Latin et en François, à l'usage de Rome et de Paris.
Paris: G Desprez, 1758

British Library shelfmark Davis564

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The binding shown above is found in the British Library Database of Bookbindings, shelfmarked Davis564. I have included here their information on this binding, and note that they still attribute this binding to Derome, even though he was not officially a binder until 1761 (Il est reçu maître le 31 mars 1761 mais indique avoir succédé à son père Jacques-Antoine dès 1760). I have tried to convince them that this binding was decorated in the workshops of the Dubuison's probably by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson, who became the King's personal binder in 1758, the same year this Ofice (missel) was printed. We are going to show below, again that this binding has been decorated with some of the tools we have been studying.


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Comparative Diagram 2- Dubuisson imprints vs Davis564 imprints

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On a prievious page we were looking at high resolution images of some particular Dubuisson tools, and I happened to mention by chance a small imprint pd-29-3, that can also be seen on the Davis564, shown above in Comparative Diagram 2.


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Comparative Diagram 3 - pd-29-3 imprints from Rahir 171g 1000dpi.

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Comparative Diagram 4 - pd-29-3 imprint enlarged to 3000dpi


I decided collect and study these imprints which is what you see in Comparative Diagram 3, amazingly none of these imprints were rotated, i have copied them from various locations on the binding and pasted them directly into this diagram. We can see they have maintained their orientation, then in Comparative Diagram 4 we analyse this imprint a bit more closely, We discover that it is an unusual 9 petal form and that a natural division between the 9 petals occures at a close to 45 degree angle to the standard orientation, here we see 4 large petals occupying half of the circumference, half of the pie is in 4 large slices while the other half has five slices, one is noticably smaller, number 5 appears wedged in between large slices. Another noticable detail is that the angle between slice 6 and 7 is not perpendicular to the center. These details will be hard to see in low resolution examples but anyway give us a way to recognize this imprint. Already it is quite unique with 9 petals, if someone wanted to copy your tools I doubt that they would choose this one.


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Comparative Diagram 5- Dubuisson pd-29-3 imprints vs Davis564 imprints (A to G)

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In comparative Diagram 5 we see the results of this exercise, it is kind of an obvious result as we knew from the start that Davis564 is a Dubuisson mosaic, however we may need this pd-29-3 diagnostic tool in some future binding research.


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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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