In Comparative Diagram 1, we see the signed binding of Jean-Pierre Jubert (in black and white), next to it is another binding that is identical in many aspects, you do not need to be any kind of an expert to imagine that these two bindings were probably made by the same binder. The tools look the same and the armorial stamp of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette also exactly the same. and yet this binding remains unrecognized by the staff at the Bibliotheque Nationale? This binding has even been in a number of their exhibitions, how did no one recognize it? or did they? When you admit that this binding is by Jubert you have to quickly hide a lot other bindings that you have attributed to Derome because the fact of the matter is they were decorated by Jubert, many with his own tools. A careful study of Jubert's work reveals that he must have worked for Derome perhaps early in his career for we can see a mixture of his own tools and those of Derome, however most of Juberts bindings have been made using his own tools such as those shown here. Juberts signed binding can be found in Rahir's 1936 catalogue, Vol. IV, item 1140. and is also in Gruel's Manuel de Amateur de reliures. I. p.114. The fact that a signed binding must be recognized as an important key to all the bindings of any binder, must be immediately obvious. How is it possible than no one has followed up on this, I cannot imagine it. Today it annoys me to see so called Bibliophile Blogs where the authors are still ranting about Derome and how great he was, when they do not know the first thing about a Derome binding, all this time they have been attributing to Derome the work of Jubert. Jubert ought to be at least as famous as Derome and yet the Bibliotheque Nationale has never even heard of Jubert, check this! Search the Bibliotheque Nationale for any bindings by Jubert... but there is one, I found it by accident, it is here
Reliure en maroquin rouge à décor à la dentelle pour Marie-Antoinette, reine de France, Paris, manufacture des Papiers rayés, vers 1778-1780.
Paris. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Réserve des livres rares. RES-V-3049
They have attributed this binding to the outfit that made the marbled paper???? Poor Jubert must be turning in his grave thinking about the injustice of all this, but I am out to fix this, I want him to be as famous as Derome! who has been basking in a lot of glory on the back of Jubert and other binders who have decorated bindings that he then pasted his ticket inside... think about this, what great binder would do this? Well Padeloup did it and perhaps many more did it, they let other binders do the decoration and then they sign their own name inside. So called famous Derome was perhaps the worst offender, so bad in fact that today no one, not even the worlds top experts, can figure out the difference between a Derome a Dubuisson, a Jubert and the list goes on to include binders of whom we do not yet even know their identity and yet, who's work was vastly superior to that of Derome himself! I was so annoyed when I saw this obvious Jubert treasure in the Bibliotheque Nationale laying unrecognized, that I sent them an email asking them to correct this injustice, we will see if it happens but I am not holding my breath...
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