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1757 Pierre-Paul Dubuisson binding with his ticket inside

I have detailed this binding on another page, (http://www.cyclopaedia.org/discovery/dubuisson-fiasco.html) where I note that this binding has often been attributed to Jacques-Antoine Derome, due to Michon who was obviously on the wrong track by a mile. The Dubuisson's had already been decorating almanachs for years and here there is even a ticket inside proving it was decorated by Dubuisson. I can show many things on this binding as proof that it was decorated by Dubuisson even though most of the tooling has been painted over and difficult to be certain about. For me the most convincing detail is one that is barely visible but certainly one of Dubusson's favorite tools, that is the palette used at the bottom of the spine

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Comparative Diagram 1 - 1757 Almanach spine vs Dubuisson 1755 plaque binding.

Study closely the details of the palettes shown in Comparative Diagram 1, even though barely visible these palettes share some obvious mutual characteristics. Now on the previous page we were looking at pd-7-4 and we do not see it here and I only present this binding to compare with another that I found while searching through bindings found on Gallica. Shown below this signed binding is remarkable for its similarities and as we will discover identical tools even though it was made more than a dozen years after Pierre-Paul Dubuisson's death.

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Comparative Diagram 2 - Dubuisson 1749 imprint pd-7-4 vs Delorme 1775 imprint.

In Comparative Diamgram 2, I show Dubuisson's pd-7-4 imprint at the same scale as the Delorme imprint, here we see identical imprints used in an identical way, however not by the same binder but rather by a replacement binder who has taken over Dubuisson's tools and style. Delorme is not a well known binder, however his address is given by Thoinan from one of Delorme's tickets 'Relie par Delorme, rue Saint-Jacques, 191' It so happens that the Dubuisson's were also on this street.


Page 244 from : Les relieurs français (1500-1800) : biographie critique et anecdotique ;
précédée de l'Histoire de la communauté des relieurs et doreurs de livres de la ville de Paris ;
et d'une Etude sur les styles de reliure
/ par Ernest Thoinan, Paris 1893.

We have discovered in the past bindings that carried Dubuisson imprints yet were produced after his untimely death. Here, at last, we may have discovered one of the binders who has been responsible for these post Pierre-Paul Dubuisson bindings. The Bibliotheque Nationale de France has not yet noticed these Dubuisson tools in the bindings of Delorme and make no observations of this type. I may be the first person to point these things out. When you search the internet for anything written about the relieur Jean Delorme who made bindings for the Queen, Marie Antoinette, you will be disappointed to find only the scant yet often repeated notes of Thoinan.

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Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - The Simon Vostre fiasco 18/01/2014

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L'Atelier de Pierre Roffet 1511-1533 27/12/2013

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Atelier Antoine-Michel Padeloup. dit Le Jeune 1685-1758

Atelier Louis Douceur 1721-1769

Atelier Pierre-Paul Dubuisson 1746-1762

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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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