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Observations About Watermarks, Quires, And Paper In Beinecke Ms 706

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Watermarks were carefully regulated by law because they distinguished the quality of paper and/or the papermaker. The Dragon quality paper is maintained throughout MS 706, whether or not it came from the same mill in order to maintain consistency of appearance and ease of writing. Watermarks are useful, but not entirely reliable, devices for dating and locating the origin of paper because they are notoriously distinctive from one another, frequently as the result of being used and consumed when the mould is dipped multiple times into the vat, distorting the watermark itself. In publishing the images and in listing the sequence of marks, other scholars may be able to date and locate more precisely the papers used in MS 706 because there are no identical watermarks in any of the published albums.

Keywords: Beinecke MS 706; watermark



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