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Dubuisson imprint pd-7-4 enlarged to 1000 dpi.

Several years ago I was lucky enough to buy a real Dubuisson dentelle à l'oiseau binding wherein the gold tooling was exceptionally clear and well preserved. This binding I have described on a previous page http://cyclopaedia.org/new-18c/dubuisson-early.html. I was able to make some very good high resolution scans of the imprints of this binding. On this page I want to show you one particular imprint that shows up on many Dubuisson bindings.This is Dubuisson imprint pd-7-4, it is shown at the top of this page. In this enlarged image we can see a few obvious characteristics of this imprint that will aid us in identifying it. In the diagram below I point out that the right side is significantly smaller than the left side and the difference is most noticeable at point 'a' while the circle below the main shape is off centre, this circle is part of the tool, this is one tool making two separate imprints. Someone trying to copy this tool might not include the circle, where ever you see it be sure that the two parts are visible.The circle is almost a guarantee that this is the original Dubuisson tool. Notice also the arrow at 'd' points to an off center join, and that the right side is noticably thinner than it's counterpart on the left.


Now we will look at some proven examples of this imprint. I recently found in a Sotheby's catalogue a good example (shown Below). In the Sotheby's description of these 10 Royal Almanachs they state that the 1747 issue and the 1749 issue have been decorated with Dubuisson's plaques, and that inside the 1747 Almanach is found Dubuisson's ticket as gilder, "Dore par Dubuisson R, S, Jacq, a Paris."


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In the enlargements above I show the 1747 binding as well as a further enlargement of the pd-7-4 imprint rotated. This particular imprint has been added as a separate embellishment to the plaque and appears as a sort of signature or personal touch that has been added for a specific purpose. I have previously detailed another example of pd-7-4 on this page (http://cyclopaedia.org/paint/dubuisson-painted.html) and I am showing again here a Dubuisson binding from that page, that the reader will recognize as a Dubuisson based on the research of our previous page, specifically an arms under mica with a similar oval decoration surounding it.

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L'office de la Semaine Sainte, Paris 1758.
British Library Database of Bookbindings (shelfmark Davis564).
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We see here an elaborate Dubuisson painted binding, that was executed more than 10 years after the 1747 Almanach example and still Dubussion has added his familiar signature imprint. Now you might not think that this is so extraordinary, however on the next page I am going to reveal an exciting discovery that concerns this pd-7-4 imprint.

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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)

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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

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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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