Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Longepierre, Hilaire Bernard de Requeleyne, Baron de ( 1679-1721 )

A book collector who had his books elaborately hound and embellished with the Golden Fleece, in commemoration, it is said, of the success of one of his dramas. This device, which formed the sole decoration of his bindings, was usually located in the center and at the corner of the covers, as well as in the panels on the spine. The books were bound in morocco, the edges were marbled under gilt, and some of the volumes had finely tooled doublures decorated with the same motif as the covers. The superior craftsmanship of these bindings has prompted some authorities to conjecture that they were bound by Luc Antoinne Boyet. (94 , 347 )




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