The collaboration between Devambez and JOB is part of a historic legacy of French excellence dating back to the nineteenth century. Jean Bardou, better known for his trademark JOB, his initials "JB" separated by a diamond, was the inventor of the acclaimed "rolling paper booklet". The reputation of both houses was built on the quality of their paper.
At the legendary Paris World Fair in 1900, Devambez was awarded a gold medal for the quality of its stationery, while JOB had been garnering honors since 1838. Now, more than a century later, The Art of Printing meets The Art of Rolling, creating a new standard of lifestyle. Devambez presents its first collection of rolling paper manufactured by JOB de Jean Bardou in Perpignan, France.
The book published by Devambez on the renowned Parisian trunk-maker Goyard is the first of its kind. The tome is presented in a custom-made Goyard trunk. Each book is a special order printed in an exclusive limited edition of 233.
The refinement of every detail and the letterpress printing harking back to the Golden Age of travel make this publication into a unique experience for the discerning reader. The paper was specially created for the book by Arches, the oldest paper manufacturer in France, founded in 1492.
Readers dream of ink, but publishers' thoughts are made of paper. The choice of this eminently sensual medium is dictated as much by its softness as by its hue and its feel, which can be enhanced by watermarks, embossing or die-stamping. Every work has its own story - and thus its own paper, made to order by the greatest papermakers.
Devambez paper has been watermarked as a sign of refinement and authenticity since the nineteenth century. For its first rolling paper collection, a modern-day expression of its storied prestige, Devambez has developed a pure organic hemp rolling paper in collaboration with JOB de Jean Bardou.
Pierre Loti, La Troisième Jeunesse de Madame Prune, illustrated by Tsugouharu Foujita, 1926
Maurice Magre, Les Belles de nuit, illustrated by Édouard Chimot, 1927
Colette, Mitsou, illustrated by Edgar Chahine, 1930
Devambez the printer crossed paths with the artists and writers of the time: works by illustrious figures such as Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Gustave Flaubert and Oscar Wilde were exhibited or published by the maison.
The livre d’artiste, in vogue in the late nineteenth century, found its natural home there, as Devambez the stationer and engraver had honed a plethora of printing techniques. Their rarity and the renown of their illustrators make these books into artworks in their own right. Much sought-after by bibliophiles, these treasures can be admired today in major libraries and auction rooms.
Devambez is located on the Place Vendôme, the epicenter of the Parisian art de vivre. Its first art book, published in 1908, was entitled Place Vendôme and heralded a series of high-quality editions. Devambez stood out for being both a gallerist and publisher, using its enlightened curatorial expertise to support modern art from its earliest beginnings. At its Exposition de peinture moderne in 1920, Devambez exhibited works by Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico and others.
Timbrage, Queen Amélie of Portugal's letterhead
Eight timbrages from Devambez registers
The all but forgotten art of stationery survives in the Devambez archives. The maison supplied the crowned heads of Europe, the French presidency, and the Parisian and international elite. Personalizing stationery gives paper the weighty responsibility of embodying an individual, like a portrait commissioned from a painter. The art of the stationery engraver involves crafting letters to suit a particular personality, reflecting the succession of events that make up a person's life. Monograms and coats of arms are the essence of Devambez, appearing on all its nineteenth century stationery.