|Our binding example 7 is Gid's binding 173 from her 1984 Catalogue. It is a larger version of the previous example, This is the folio sized royal. In Comparative Diagram 1, I have tested and resized Gid's rubbing 141%. The actual rubbing is smaller than 100% size in the catalogue, which is to be expected as this is a large binding. Thus the green lines show that the scale is now correct. NextI compare Gid's Type model, EN b 2, with a strip of imprint taken from the 173 rubbing. We can see that these match and further to this I have imported a resized portion of the actual imprints taken from the example 6 binding. Here we can really see the nature of this imprint, and that all three are identical.|
In Comparative Diagram 2, I have enlarged a portion of the EN b 2 imprint from our previous example, here we can see a crowned hermine (moucheture d'hermine couronnée) and crowned fleur de lis, these are heraldic devices for the Queen and King of France. The hermine is related to the Queen Claude de France, and the fleur de lis for Francois Ier, however the initial F was a more common device for Francois Ier. The first thing to note when you study this particular form/model/type of roulette, is that there are dozens and dozens of roulettes that are either copies or transmutations of one particular original archetype. I would say that EN b 2 is probably very close to the original, if not the original. I have included below my reversed copies of Gids EN plates with dates added and scale.
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