Now you will probably say, that my introduction on the previous page was an over the top rant, and ask for proof of my stand on this. Well we need go no further than look at the BnF webpages for Pierre-Paul Dubuisson. Here we see that they show only two bindings for this famous binder, both have been made with the use of plates (plaques) so you are not treated to the vast array of Dubuisson tools, however there is one place where we will find a few and thats on the spines. BnF Gallica displays this well, and allows us to zoom in to see the binding and gold tooled imprints at high resolution.

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Now if the BnF is showing us only two bindings by Dubuisson we can be reasonably sure that these imprints are the work of Dubuisson. In my screenshot of these tools we can clearly see imprints that I have classified previously and detailed on a number of pages, and reproduced here for comparative purposes with examples that I possess myself. (see them here in high resolution)

I have classified these particular imprints/tools as pd-21a and pd-21b (shown at the top of this page at high resolution.)

In their biographical description of Dubuisson they mention that he worked with his father Rene and that they worked for other binders. It is well known that they worked for Padeloup. Now if we look at the BnF page for Padeloup we find an impressive array of 27 binding examples. The first two on the list are errors as the first is actually an admitted Douceur, and the second is not by Padeloup but they have attributed this binding to him. I have discovered that this second binding was infact decorated by Louis Douceur (see my page on this) Lets look at the last binding in the BnF collection of supposed bindings by Padeloup. This binding has recieved a lot of attention from the BnF experts and they have given a very detailed description of it, stating "Binding done in Paris around 1745-1750 by the workshop of Antoine-Michel Padeloup, binder of the King for the Marquise de Pompadour. Dating is proposed according to the date of publication of the volume and the attribution is based on the presence in the gilding material of irons (tools) characteristic of the production of the workshop of Antoine-Michel Padeloup.

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Now lets first look at the spine of this volume, here we find the same imprints as found on the Dubuisson plaque binding, not only that but we see a fantastic array of many of Dubuisson's tools, there is not a single Padeloup tool here! How on earth can the BnF claim these are the tools of Padeloup??? I will tell you why, because they have fallen into the trap of counting an ancient expertise that claims these tools to be those Padeloup, the experts of the past and now even the BnF have not been able to distinguish between the tools of Dubuisson and those of Padeloup, and believe me there is a huge difference. Anyone who has studied Dubusson will recognize all the tools shown here to be those of Dubussion who used them continuously for more than a decade on hundreds upon hundreds of important bindings. Well there is no point harping about this terrible injustice of the BnF attribution, let us just be thankful that here we find a wonderful collection of high resolution examples of the tools of Dubuisson.

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Comparative Diagram 1 - pd-21a and pd-21b

In Comparative Diagram 1, I have assembled the imprint examples which are not all at the same scale. Here you do not need scale to know that these imprints all derive from the same Dubuisson tools. In this diagram we can show that the binding accredited by the BnF to Padeloup has actually been made by Dubuisson. On the next page we are going to look closely at the imprints on this binding and demonstrate conclusively that they are all from Dubuisson tools and not the tools of Paleloup, furthern we are going to show how Derome le jeune used nearly exact copies of all of Dubuissons tools to produce bindings that imitated entirely the work of Dubuisson.

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see below links to past 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-?

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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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