the tradition of watermarks in papermaking began in fabriano, italy late in the 13th century and was continued by other manufacturers of handmade paper into the 19th century. watermarks were formed by twisting thin wires into various geometric shapes and adhered to the paper mold. the mold was simply a wood-framed wire screen which would be dipped into a “soup”-of-sorts of warm water and rag fibres several times. as the water strained through, horizontal (laid) lines and vertical (chain) lines would appear on the forming sheet. the shape of the watermark was imprinted into the sheet whilst the fibres were still wet, thereby thinning the paper in a specific area, forming the mark.
the davidson rare book room holds a 1923 reprint by the nonesuch press of the poems of andrew marvell, the original 1681 edition of which is housed in the british museum. as noted on the cover, the edition was printed on handmade italian watermarked paper. #rarebooks#watermark#nonesuchpress#handmadepaper#italian#17thcentury#davidsoncollege#archives#iglibraries
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this week’s #watermarkwednesday showcases carolynn beaty of sitka foundation who shares with us fond memories of the salty pacific. check our bio for the link! 🌊
we are so grateful for the ongoing support and generosity of carolynn and sitka foundation. thanks for supporting a swimmable, drinkable, and fishable canada!