CAPÉ, bookbinder. Album containing 39 mounted samples of parchment, leather and paper used in his bindings including: vellum (2), russia (1), levant morocco (4), grained morocco in various colors (9), calf (11), and marbled paper (8 large examples and 4 small). [Paris, ca. 1840].
Oblong 8o (138 x 202 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco "genre ancien à grain de chargrin," and marbled boards "papier d'Annonay, pour demi reliures," marbled endpapers "papier petit peigne, anglais," spine gilt and stamp signed by CAPÉ. Provenance: L. Hugot (conservator of the Royal library, ownership inscription on front free endpaper, noting that this volume was made for him by his friend Capé. "Cet album d'échantillions a été composé par Capé relieur du Roi, au Louvre, pour moi L. Hugot, qui le conserve comme un souvenir de mon chèr Capé"); Ellic Howe (author of The London Bookbinders 1780-1806, and collector of ephemera relating to the French book trade, bookplate); purchased from E.E. 27 May 1960.
AN IMPORTANT SAMPLE BOOK OF THE GREAT PARISIAN ROYAL BOOKBINDER CAPé invaluable for the history of 19th-century bookbinding. Capé succeded in 1827 his father-in-law as a porter at the Louvre, where he also worked as a binder in the library. He soon found himself binding books for a distinguished clientele. In 1848 he left the Louvre and established himself at 16, rue Dauphine. Interesting specimens are: veau antiqué, veau solitaire, veau marbre coulé, papier ombré anglais pour gardes.