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Five scallops in a cartouche on ermine mantling with a crown (Van der Noot)

March 5, 2011
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This bookplate appears in a copy of Giovanni Battista Palatino’s Libro … nel qual s’insegna à scrivere ogni sorte lettera (In Roma: Per Antonio Blado, 1548) in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  A possible shelf-mark and an inscription (quotation?) are on the last leaf, which prints an emblem of a moth and flame surrounded by a quotation from Petrarca.  (To see other images from this copy, click on the bookplate.)

The five scallops on a gold background are repeated on the portions of mantling that fold inward on either side.  The use of a cartouche for the shield would imply that these are the arms of a lady; the ermine and crown denote a sovereign; all European, not English.

In a private communication, Roberto Rossi identifies the arms (five scallops as a cross) as those of one of the Van der Noot families of Belgium, and provides an image of the arms in a stained-glass window at the Abbaye de la Cambre (Ter Kameren) near Brussels.  Further search turns up the same arms in the woodcut title-page border of Jan van der Noot’s Theatrum, 1572; and in the printer’s mark of the early-16th-century Brussels printer Thomas van der Noot.

Courtesy of Roberto Rossi

From the Project Gutenberg EBook of Printers' Marks, by William Roberts

From a copy offered by Antiquariaat Forum and reproduced on their web site.

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