Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Michel, Marius

The name employed by Jean Michel (1821-1890) and his son, Henri François (1846-1925), who were distinguished Parisian bookbinders. The work of the elder Michel, while technically excellent, was largely traditional. Henri Francois, on the other hand, was more enterprising, and used curved stamps instead of small dies and fillets to work exotic flower and leaf forms, and also attempted to relate the decoration of the book cover to its contents. He was the first bookbinder to suggest that the mood of the book should be continued in the design and color of the binding. He may, in fact, be called the founder of the 20th century French school of binding. The designs of the two binders were often based on natural forms and the ornament is often expressed in color, outlined in blind, and very often without the use of gold. See PLATE X . (140 , 347 )

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