|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.|
|"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."|
|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.|
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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