Volume 10. Issue 4
PRINTERS’ DEVICES DATABASE
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
AND THE UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Printers' and publishers' devices flourished from the 15th century through
the end of the 17th century. They could be simple symbols, allegorical
vignettes, rebuses, or symbolic references to the printer's name or self-perception.
They were an early trademark and as such, susceptible to forgery and appropriation.
There are many good printed reference sources for printers' devices, but
there is not a unified source. The printed reference books are also unfortunately
difficult to locate even in facsimile reproduction. For over a year,
Neus Verger of the Àrea de Reserva of the Biblioteca Universitat
de Barcelona has been developing and maintaining an online database of
printers’ devices, the Marques d'impressors (http://lluna.bib.ub.es/impressors/impr.htm).
In the spring of last year, the Rare Books section of the Dept. of Special
and Area Studies Collections began scanning printers’ devices and developed
a form to both display the images and provide bibliographic information
concerning them (http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/rarebook/devices/device.htm).
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