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Newton in the timberyard: the device of Frans Houttuyn, Amsterdam

Anna E. C. Simoni

Abstract

THE use of printers' and publishers' devices is as old as the printed book. Their origin goes back even further to heraldry and medieval shop signs. Few collections of devices used in the Netherlands have been published; there is one by Nielson on those in Latin' which, though quite useful and entertaining, is neither systematic nor complete. A much more scholarly collection of devices used in the whole of the Low Countries is found under the heading 'Marques Typographiques' in the Bibliotheca Belgica, but even this is by no means exhaustive. Separate articles on Dutch devices have been published in Het Boek, Grafisch Museum, and elsewhere. But the device which is the subject of this article seems to have escaped attention until now. Its curious connection with England and even, however tenuously, through Sloane with the British Library, sets it apart from other devices.

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