French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

MM Binder- 1768 Office de la quinzaine de Pasque

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Office de la quinzaine de Pasque, Latin-François, extrait du bréviaire & du missel de Paris.
Paris, Librairies Associés, 1768.
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On the previous page we were looking for imprints that might proove that this 1768 Office was in fact decorated by the MM Binder. At first I wasn't so sure but now after a more thorough search I have managed to dig up some proofs even before this book arrives in the mail, mainly due to the high quality of some of the sellers photos. Below in Comparative Diagram 1, we see some great examples of an imprint that I had previously catalogued as mm34a-4 and mm34b-4. In all of these examples we see that the imprints are found in the center left and center right of the dentelle. They serve as the base of floral bouquet compositions, that are further embelished with large gold dots. These mm34-4 examples are also capable of being in an inverted position as can be seen by the example on the left, click on this image to see a 600dpi enlargement.

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Comparative Diagram 1 - Imprint mm-34a-4 and mm-34b-4 examples
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The next imprint that made me wonder, one that I didn't remember seeing and did not catalogue when I was doing the MM Binder pages early 2010, but have now found, and named mm-9-2 due to the fact that it has some affinity with mm-9. Below I show a corner of a large binding where it can be seen. The catalogue notes state that this book was printed without a date, however further states that the armorials covered by the author BEAUMONT (Pierre-François) were up to date as of 1783. When we compare the corner tools used (see comparative Diagram 2 on the previous page) we see some of the same tools and arrangements as found on the Marius Michel Planche XXII, Instructions données à Lapeyrouse pour son voyage de découvertes autour du monde, Louis XVI, 1785. The imprint mm-9-2 is only found so far on this 1783 example, suggesting perhaps that it was only used in this time period.


Comparative Diagram 2 - Imprint mm-9-2 examples

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Below in Comparative Diagram 3, I have added the MM Binder imprint catalogue numbers (see the 2010 catalogue), to both the eBay and the 1774 Almanach Royal. This was an interesting exercise in as much as I found all the 1774 imprints already in the 2010 catalogue, however there are a few on this eBay example that I have not seen or catalogued. When I first saw the binding on eBay the imprint that I now show as mm-1 really bothered me, I know I have seen it before and more than once, yet now without all my catalogues close at hand I am not sure where, anyway it will be okay to call it mm-1 for the moment, as I left that open. Also mm-5, I have never seen it before but imagined it was likely to turn up. I made this diagram originally to point out mm-10-2. This "corner" imprint is shared only with the 1774 Almanach.

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Comparative Diagram 3 - ebay 1768 vs 1774 Almanach Royal
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Comparative Diagram 4 - corner imprint mm-10-2
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Comparative Diagram 5 - mm-37a and mm37b vs Dubuisson pd37a and pd37b vs Etat imprints
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In Comparative Diagram 5 we see mm imprints verses the same sort of Dubuisson imprints which were then later found in the Etat bindings. The green letter "a" indicating differences in this claw shape, "b" showing the difference in stem length in this part of the imprint, "c" indicating a difference in the gap, between the small stem leaf and the ball shaped ending of the stem, "d" also pointing out a difference in this claw. It seems that the MM Binder had tools that copied Dubuisson's tools, and these were employed in the same way, so that the MM binder's work resembled that of Dubuisson or were in the style of Dubuisson. In as much as Derome also imitated Dubuisson with nearly identical tools and design arrangements, the bindings of the MM Binder have often been attributed to Derome, as indeed the French Bibliotheque Nationale today continues in this error. I have not however discovered this pd37 tool model in the Derome collection. It may be that this tool is a way of quickly showing that a binding is or isn't a Derome. There are a number of other tools used by both Jubert and the MM Binder, that are not part of the Derome or Dubuisson tool kits, There is a strange parallel in the fact that Derome had a set of tools nearly identical to those of Dubuisson, and the MM Binder had a set of tools nearly identical to those of Jubert. On the next page we are going to look at high resolution scans of the MM Binder tools.

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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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