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Claude Sorgeloos

This monograph composes the biography of the Deflinne family, whose descendants were booksellers in the town of Tournay for more than a century. Their famous bookbinding workshop achieved the pinnacle of its fame in 1824 when Barthélémy-Leopold Deflinne (1791-1846) becomes the purveyor of King Willem I of the Netherlands. In this study Claude Sorgeloos presents his research on the activities of several generations of bookbinders from the same family and traces the tools they used over two centuries, as attested to by the bindings produced by the workshops led by the Casterman family and Charles Desamblanx, who bought the tools when the Deflinne family ceased their activities. Several aspects of bookselling and bookbinding in a provincial town like Tournay during the Austrian, French and Dutch periods are documented, including the booktrade between Tournay, Paris and La Haye, the trade of bindings between Antwerp and Lille, etc. This volume also contains the genealogy of the family, their unedited correspondance, the catalogue and reproductions of 147 bindings, pricelists and other archival documents.

Relieurs et reliures décorées en France à l'époque romantique

103 Ateliers en 210 reliures conservées à la Bibliotheca Wittockiana

Paul Culot

In France, the Romantic Movement was established by 1820. Book related art forms, i.e., typography, illustration and bookbinding, were part of this vast artistic realm. Bookbinders and gilders used beautiful materials and newly engraved tools, reflecting the contemporary artistic style. The collections of the Bibliotheca Wittockiana include more than 200 works bound in France between 1820 and 1855. The majority of these luxury bindings, mostly of which are signed, were realized in well-known Parisian workshops as well as in quite unknown provincial workshops. This volume contains the reproductions of 210 signed bindings and their descriptions, reproductions of all the bookbinders tikets, 25 colour illustrations, a dictionary of 103 workshops, and several indexes. Because of the information he adds to already known, badly, or completely unknown binders, Paul Culot's publication is the indispensable supplement to the works by Ramsden and Fléty.

Binding structures in the Middle Ages

A Selection of Studies by Berthe van Regemorter

Berthe van Regemorter

Berthe van Regemorter learned the craft of bookbinding in Brussels before joining the workshop of the famous British bookbinders Sangorsky and Sutcliffe. In 1923 she entered the Vrije Akademie in Antwerp as an instructor. A turning point in her carreer was Henry van de Velde's request to become a lecturer in his newly founded school of visual and decorative arts, La Cambre. But perhaps more important still is the fundamental role that Van Regemorter played in the development of the field 'bookbinding-archeology'. Thanks to her, the current popularity of this research results in the annual publication of several essays and articles. She also led the way in establishing a methodological structural analysis of bookbindings. This volume presents all the work of Berthe van Regemorter, commented and translated into English by Jane Greenfield. The follwing topics are treated: the structure of the binding from the origins of the codex, through Coptic, Armenian, Byzantine, Oriental and European bindings until the late Middle Ages.

Anthony Hobson and Paul Culot

Palazzo della Permanente Milano, 11 marzo-4 aprile 1991. Text in French and English. Anthony Hobson and Paul Culot, two distinguisted scholars in the field of the history of bookbinding, comment on the exuberant variety of decoration on respectively Italian and French 16th century bindings, which evoked the intellectual enthusiasm of priviledged collectors as Apollonio Filareto, G.B. Grimaldi, Antoine Perenot de Granvelle, Marcus Fugger, Jeronimo Ruiz, Giacomo Boncompagni, Jean Grolier, Thomas Mahieu, Thomas Wotton, Jacques te Malenfant, Jacques-Auguste de Thou, kings and queens, royal favourites, courtesans, soldiers, lawyers, financiers, prelates, etc. All the bindings belong to the collections of the Bibliotheca Wittockiana and are acquired by Michel Wittock. This volume contains the reproductions of 74 16th century bindings and their descriptions, and several indexes.

Edited by Georges Colin

Fifteen essays on the history of bookbinding by distinguished authors focus on themes as methodology in the history of bookbinding, provenance research, the dating of bindings, techniques of decoration and binding, etc.