French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding c.1760

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Litterae apostolicae. quibus institutio, confirmatio, et varia privilegia continentur Societatis Jesu
Rome: in collegio ejusdem Societatis, 1587.

Bibliothèque nationale de France. Réserve des livres rares. RES-H-2014

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The binding shown abouve can be found online in the Bibliotheque nationale de France (see the link above) In their information about this binding they state: Binding in orange morocco with mosaic floral decoration and dotted gold background, Paris, unidentified workshop, around 1760. (Reliure en maroquin orange à décor floral mosaïqué et fond pointillé d'or, Paris, atelier non identifié, vers 1760.)

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Dubuisson mosaic c. 1760

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Comparative Diagram 1 - 1758 Dubuisson imprints.

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Given all the experts working in the BnF, I dare say, expertise of the highest level as concerns French decorative bookbinding of the 18th century, they still cannot identify the workshop that produced this binding. If you, the reader cannot identify this workshop after studying the last dozen or so pages, iI will be very surprised. Here are many of the same imprints that we looked at on the last page. Including pd-80 that I perhaps overlooked previously. On this page I include again the 1758 imprint collection, the palettes do not apply, however a majority of the other tools have been used on this BnF binding.

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c. 1760 BnF RES-H-2014 decorative detail 400dpi enlargement.
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Now we need to consider something beyond our knowledge, something that only a person who actually has gold tooling experience will know. On the previous page we were looking at the very small 9 petaled imprint pd-29-3. We can see it here, or I think we can, however it is so charged with gold that the details have been for the most part obscured. Does this indicate that this was a different hand applying the imprint? or a thicker sheet of gold, or different leather texture? We might also question the date of this binding, proposed by the BnF as c.1760.

Now look closely at this black and white reproduction that comes from Marius Michel's 1880, publication; La reliure française depuis l'invention de l'imprimerie jusqu'à la fin du XVIIIe siècle. You can find this online at archive.org (click here to see it) what I just discovered is that if you use their zoom to magnify the page, and then download the magnified page you get a high resolution image. Marius Michel used the most modern reproduction and printing methods of his time that were in fact superior to what we see today in modern times. The method was called heliogravure, you can see the names of E. Charreyre A. Salmon in small print under the reproductions (read about heliogravure here)

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Comparative Diagram 1 - Marius Michel 1880 Planche XVIII vs BnF RES-H-2014

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Enlarged detail from PLANCHE XVIII Marius Michel 1880.

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You will notice in the enlarged detail above many Dubuisson imprints including sharply detailed examples of the tiny 9 petaled imprint pd-29-3 that we have been studying on the previous page. Michon has a reproduction of this binding in his book on PL XXVII with "46 Derome" inscribed underneath it, I assume then, that this is his idea of a Derome, however we know, from our efforts to catalogue in the past few pages, a wide array of Dubuisson mosaic imprints, that the imprints seen on this binding derive from Dubuisson's workshop, particular is pd-21, this is the earlier model and might indicate that this binding was made before 1757. (see this page for another similar comparative binding)

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Comparative Diagram 2 - centerpiece of PLANCHE XVIII vs Rahir 171g pd-29-3.

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Comparative Diagram 3 - pd-29-3 imprints from PLANCHE XVIII. (1200dpi)

I have chosen the Dubuisson imprint pd-29-3 for this comparative exercise, we could have chosen any one of a number of tools to show that Marius Michel's PLANCHE XVIII is yet another mosaic from the Dubuisson workshop.

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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

Even experts are sometimes wrong, before you spend thousands on a book, please do your own research! Just because I say a certain binding can be attributed to le Maitre isn't any kind of guarantee, don't take my word for it, go a step further and get your own proof. In these pages I have provided you with a way of doing just that.

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