A study for ‘Jean Grolier in the house of Aldus Manutius’ by Francois Flameng

Jean Grolier (1479–1565) was among history’s most discerning collectors of beautiful books and the first to develop a unique ornamental style of designs that became one of the most emulated worldwide. Although French, he preferred that his bindings follow the design principles of his Italian friend Aldus Manutius, the greatest printer of the Renaissance. The majority of the brilliant works were executed in Paris by two remarkable binding houses. Grolier’s collection of books was split between those he commissioned for himself and those he acquired or was given.

At the time of his death on October 22nd, 1565, Grolier possessed one of the most extensive private libraries in the world. Each of his books was of extraordinary quality, in a style described as both “quiet and simple, yet rich and flowing.”

Paperblanks’ Grolier Ornamentali Series

Our Grolier Ornamentali series is our tribute to Jean Grolier, a man known for his love of richly decorated bookbindings. The cover design for this series is based on one of Grolier’s last great commissions, a gold-tooled marbled brown leather creation with an interlaced curving design of single-line fillets and floral tools filling out the six-pointed star.

Among other features like a ribbon marker and a memento pouch, each book in this collection includes metal clasp closures and ornamental edging.


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