Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pointillé

1. A luxurious style of finishing consisting of dotted lines and curves impressed on the covers of a book. In the first half of the 17th century, pointillé was used by numerous French bookbinders and/or gilders, including Florimond Badier and Macé Ruette, although in terms of sheer magnificence of execution, it reached its pinnacle earlier in the bindings associated with the name (LE) GASCON . 2. A generic term indicating a form of dotted book decorations. 3. A small dotted finishing tool. See also: FANFARE STYLE ;PINHEAD STYLE . See PLATE VIII . (94 , 140 ,280 )




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