Italian Watermarks 1750-1860


The knowledge of papermaking spread slowly over Italy from the start of the thirteenth century. Scholarly interest in the history of Italian paper manufacture has concentrated especially on the earliest period. Research into paper from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries has lagged somewhat behind. Watermarks are extremely important for investigating the origins of paper. This book offers high quality x-rays and descriptions of ca. three hundred Italian watermarks. A selection of paper produced in different areas of Italy is presented with an identification.

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Theo Laurentius has been active as a paper researcher for over fifty years. He has published several studies on watermarks and paper, including two important catalogues: Watermarks 1600-1650 found in the Zeeland Archives (Hes & De Graaf, 2007) and Watermarks 1650-1700 found in the Zeeland Archives (Hes & De Graaf, 2008).

Frans Laurentius, Ph.D., is an art historian. He has published several studies on graphic arts, Dutch pottery and watermarks, as well as a monograph on the Dutch print dealer Clement de Jonghe: Clement de Jonghe (ca. 1624-1677). Kunstverkoper in de Gouden Eeuw (Hes & De Graaf, 2010).
"There are still few books of photographs of watermarks taken by x-ray, a method that is so much more accurate than traditional tracing that it makes much of the existing watermark literature more or less obsolete. This volume will usefully sit on the shelf alongside David Woodward’s Catalogue of Watermarks in Italian Printed Maps c. 1540–1600, which was published in 1996."
Print Quarterly, Vol. 34 (June 2017), p. 226.

"Un album di grandi dimensioni che comprende, dopo una rapida introduzione che permette però di navigare tra le provenienze delle diverse carte analizzate, una serie di fotografie ai raggi X di circa 300 filigrane italiane a cavallo tra XVIII e XIX secolo."
Edoardo Barbieri, Università Cattolica, Milano. In: L’almanacco bibliografico, No. 40 (dicembre 2016), p. 24.
1. Introduction
2. Index of names
3. Index of initials
4. Reference books and articles
5. Catalogue

All interested in paper and watermarks, including bibliographers, book historians, art historians, economic historians, and sellers of old Italian prints and rare books.