French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Luc-Antoine Boyet - 1696 Breviary

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1696 Boyet doublure

In the photo above I show the doublure with natural lighting, this is close to the true color. The Ebay seller of this Breviary also has another book that he bought from the same book collector, it has an identical doublure that I show below.

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Sotheby's Auction, 19th November 2012, PARIS.
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"According to Roger Devauchelle, "what is notable about this outstanding worker is the perfection of his bindings, that were better and stronger than everything that had been made previously." In a word, when a bibliophile has a Boyet binding in his hands he feels it, he knows it. This is the case here. The finesse and beauty of the morocco used, the quality of the gilding, the finish in all, leaves little room for doubt. The pinnacle of his art was the execution of fine bindings lined with morocco, like this one."

Bibliophilie | Livres rares | Librairie L'amour qui bouquine
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Bibliothèque Raphaël Esmerian, Georges Blaizot and Claude Guérin, Paris. 1972
2eme Partie: Reliures de quelques ateliers du XVII siècle & Livres en divers genres du XVIIe et XVIIIe siècle
Item no. 65

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Comparative Diagram 1 - Boyet roulette D (scale in centimeters).
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In Comparative Diagram 1, I have attempted to find the length of this roulette (7.88 cm.). We can see that all four strips match up which is actually a miracle, unless the roulette is actually as long as this. Here we are comparing 1696 strips with another example of this roulette which I have detailed on another page. This then gives us a provisional type model for this roulette D (for doublure). I suspect that Boyet used this tool relatively often, as the imprint is by no means rare.

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photo from the site of La Maison Fey

A quick calculation shows that a wheel with a circumference of 7.88 cm. will only be about 2.5 cm in diameter or about a inch. That is perhaps a bit bigger than the one shown in this photo which gives you a better idea of what a roulette actually looks like. In the 18th century the actual tool might have looked a bit different however we can see that a diameter of an inch would be perhaps correct.

On the next page we will look at the roulette that Boyet has used on the board edges, we might call it Roulette E.

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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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