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Medieval watermarks were introduced into early printed works during the production process of the paper. It is not known exactly when or why they came into common use, but they did come to identify specific paper suppliers.
As the number of paper suppliers grew enormously in concert with the growth of popularity of printed books, identifying the watermarks of specific producers can provide the modern scholar with valuable information about an early printed work, including dating editions and providing insight into trading relationships and connections between paper-makers and printers.
This paper examines some of the watermarks present in the PSU’s edition of Rolewinck's Fasciculus temporum.
Incunabula, Papermaking, Provenance, Printing, History of the Book
European History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
Graham, Christian, "Watermarks in the PSU Codex Fasciculus temporum and the Paper Trade" (2020). Extra-Textual Elements. 5.