|Someone is bound to write to me pointing out that Derome did have something to do with at least one of the bindings presented by the Bibliotheque Nationale as examples of the work of Derome le jeune. This is true, on the spine of BnF, RLR, RES-G-370 (1-4) we do see the imprint of Derome's fer à l'oiseau, shown above in Comparative Diagram 1 along with another authentic Derome imprint dj-4. Below I show the entire spine exactly as it was downloaded from Gallica.|
|While the boards of this binding were decorated by Jubert (with his own tools). Derome may have simply decorated the spine and then put his ticket on the inside. Perhaps thinking his clients would never know the difference.|
|However within the detailed BnF description given for this binding we find a mention that it is a restored binding, with a completely new spine covering... this complicates our speculations considerably. At least we have here a few authentic Derome tools. Particularly interesting is Derome's palette at tne base of the spine.|
While I was thinking that I have somewhere another example of this same Derome palette I discovered a page that I started working on a number of years ago but never finished, it concerns a true Derome binding (C22f1-3) that has this same palette and a wonderful assortment of tools that we will look at on the next page.
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|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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