$0 f (S§) <$p m 4 S$k V tiP* i ■y&r 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. j^4 Le Gascon: French, circa 1620 Derome: French, from circa 1 730 on o.®:o 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. English patterns, from 1630 on w KvdihW: 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. Harleian,- English patterns originating in 1 7th Century 4 0

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