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It may be doubted if such a person as Le Gascon ever existed but this name is
given to designs (such as those seen here) in pointille style. The tools are engraved
out in dots and combine into patterns of the most delightful and fairy-like kind.
Sonic rare and highly cherished bindings of this period are signed "Florimond
Badier. The popularity of the style has been maintained to this day for these
tools are uscd a great deal in the modern Workshop.
A large lamily of artists and craftsmen named Derome practised in Paris and formu-
lated designs using tools in the style shown above. No less than sixteen of the family
have been traced through several generations and some had the excellent habit of
affixing inside the boards a small bindcr's ticket, the discovery of which affords
the collector a great thrill. Many of their books are bound in fine, long-wearing
French red morocco and are very bold and sumptuous.
Early English gilded bindings consist to a great extent of bold designs of corners
and centres blockcd over gold but later very finely tooled work is found often
eaturing over-inlays of contrasting leathers giving a very rieh effect.
French, circa 1620
circa 1 730 on
Finely engraved tools of urns and chalices and all manner of sprays and flower
heads were in voguc and remained populär for many years; indeed some of the
designs are used today as centres for spine decoration. It is now shown that the
period before the Rcstoration in England was produetive of some of the finest
work on the Island.
from 1630 on
Rieh but somcwhat insipid bindings of the Queen Anne period have become known
as the Harleian style after the great collector, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford
I66i 1725. The tools, however, are delicately cut and some rolls of original style
were evolved. One of them is shown above.
in 1 7th Century