Watermarks from Miscellaneous Paper Used By William Stansby in the Jonson Folio

Watermarks provide crucial evidence for the bibliographical analysis of early modern book production, for they help identify lots of paper moving through a printing shop. The watermarks displayed below offer a representative, low-resolution image taken from paper used in the production of the Jonson folio of 1616. Each one is linked to further information on the paper from which it was taken, including chainline and wireline measurements, distribution of the paper group in Stansby's 1615-1617 output, and a high-resolution .tif image of the same mark.

For further information on watermark reproduction, enhancement and analysis, see "Pictures for the Page."

Note: All watermark images are mould-side perspective.

Note: This page is still under construction.

Group 14: Pot, "IP"

Group 17: Crown, "AB+CD"

Group 18: Pot, "HB - R"

Group 19: Hand, "[theta?]"

Group 20: Pot, "IB"

Group 21: Pot, "GD"

Group 23: Pot, "LR"

Group 24: Pot, "MV"

Group 25: Pot, "SB"

Group 26: Pot, "RC"

Group 27: Pot, no intelligible characters

Group 29: Pot, no characters

Group 31: Pot, "CB - 1613"

Group 32: Pot, "C - C"

Group 33: Pot, no intelligible characters

Group 34: Pot, "O - PB"

Group 35: Pot, "[?]LC"

Group 36: Pot, "HB - R"

Group 37: Pot, "RLM"

A few rare copies of the folio in the holdings of the Huntington Library, Library of Congress, and the Houghton Library contain a handful of sheets reset with a different font of type and on paper with unique watermarks. These sheets most likely were reset at a later date to make up incomplete copies held by a printer or bookseller. The watermarks listed below come from copies held by the Huntington and Library of Congress.

Group 38: Pot, "N - MI" [?]

Group 39: Pot, "RG"

Group 40: Pot, "LC"

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