Definition of term:: Printer's Device

  • Printer's Device
    From the earliest days (Fust and Schoeffer, 1457) many printers used a device, or ‘printer’s mark’, to accompany – or occasionally to serve as – their imprint in a book. These will be found along with the colophon at the end of books printed before 1500–10, and thereafter more usually on the title-page. Familiar examples are the aldine Anchor and Dolphin, the Tree of Knowledge of the Estiennes, the Globe of the Elzevirs, Day’s Sun and, later, the Clarendon Press’s engraving of the Sheldonian Theatre and the Cambridge University Press’s figure of Charity.
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources