17th Century Paper Mark
- “PAPIER · FIN · FAIT PAR · ANTH BON EL · MARCHAND ·
A · LONDRE · ET · NVL · AVTRE”
- Laid and bound into 8vo Book of Sermons
- MS inscription 1669
Q Has anyone seen it before? Experts don't think it is a tax label - no amount of duty indicated. Perhaps an elaborate trade identifying card for a paper maker?
A It’s likely this is a ream label. A German paper-maker’s ream label dating from about 1550 is illustrated on page 200 of Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft by Dard Hunter, published by Courier Dover Publications, 1978.