French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1761

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1761 Almanach Royal l'atelier Dubuisson.
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The binding shown above is found in the Catalogue de reliures du XVe au XIXe siècle, en vente à la librairie Gumuchian & Cie. [Belles Reliures, Catalogue XII.] Published by Gumuchian & Cie. [1929], Paris, 1929. This large folio sized catalogue, is as good as you can get for high quality reproductions. Their color reproductions are not perfect, we have to remember that at this time color photography hardly existed let alone color printing, however there is more than enough detail in this for us to make our comprative diagrams.


Dubuisson mosaic 1761


Comparative Diagram 1 - 1758 Dubuisson imprints pd-40a-4 and 40b-4 vs 1761 imprints.

In 1758 the imprints shown in Comparative Diagram 1, pd-40a-4 and 40b-4 made their first timid appearance, now however in 1761 they are being used extensively as well as the small imprint pd-80 was also also a newcomer in 1758 but now looking to be a regular.


Comparative Diagram 2 - 1758 Dubuisson imprint pd-80 vs 1761 imprint.


Comparative Diagram 3 - roulette palette imprints.

The Dubuisson palette that was used to create roulette like border is shown in various examples in Comparative Diagram 3, this appeared on the Almanach Royals in 1754 and 1758 as well as here in 1761, another example is Michon's planche XXXI (shown on this page), it is example D in Comparative Diagram 3, and probably dates to 1761 as well, so this is an important diagnostic and chronologically significant imprint. Michon's planche XXXI binding, that he attributes to Derome is very similar to the binding that we examined on the previous page, and perhaps it too dates to around 1761. We know that Pierre-Paul Dubuisson died in the year of 1762, we do not know what he died of, or whether he was able to work that year or even in the year before. I attribute these Almanach Royal bindings to him although it may very well be that someone else in his workshop was actually doing the work in 1761. The appearance of new tools and a difference in the thickness of the imprints may point to this possibility.

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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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