is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books.
A printers' device [signet] is a trade-mark or design placed by the printer or publisher on the title page or elsewhere in the text, to distinguish their productions. Their use dates from the 15th century when the printer was usually the publisher of the books, and early devices passed from one printer to another, often with only slight modification.
The design from the shop of Fust and Schöffer of Mainz, the earliest known device, is characterized by their family's two shields. It was first printed in their Biblia Latina (1462). The Fust and Schöffer shields were adopted by printers throughout Europe, including Gerhard Leeu of Antwerp, Peter Drach of Speyer, Johann Veldener of Lyons, Bernhard Richel of Basel, and Wolfgang Stöckel of Leipzig, with only minor alterations.
An Introduction to the Study of Bibliography 1814
Origine e Progressi della Stampa 1722
- These individual printer's marks were randomly found in the database at the George A Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida.
- See also: Universitat de Barcelona - Marques d'impressors.
Typographical Antiquities 1749