French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Jean-Pierre Jubert fl. 1771 - 1793?

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Comparative Diagram 1 - A signed binding by Jubert vs BnF, RES-V-3049 (image from Gallica)
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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? I see now the there is some confusion here between the binders and the paper makers, they worked together, perhpas Jubert was working for them at the time? 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 tell 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 often superior to that of Derome himself. I was shocked when I saw this obvious Jubert treasure in the Bibliotheque Nationale unrecognized by the experts? and sent 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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see below links to previous work

the last fanfare

Atelier I B 31/10/2014

Icons of the Renaissance 06/02/2014

Atelier au trefle 22/12/2014 most recent page

Atelier Royal 1518 - 1524 09/11/2014

Unraveling G. D. Hobson's book on fanfares 27/11/2014

16c fanfare on eBay 23/11/2014

another Padeloup binding on eBay 07/12/2014

Rare Padeloup binding on eBay 15/11/2014

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)

Louis XII Dolphins motif 03/02/2014

Aristophanes Binder 1543 02/02/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - Atlas Catalan 12/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Linacre bindings 05/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier c. 1500-1520

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Chronology 16/01/2014

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

Imitative Binder c.1540 15/12/2013

Salel Binder 1540 17/11/2013

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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