1912 1ed Fairy Tale Mythology MAGIC Printer Watermarks Lost Language Symbolism

BAYLEY, Harold

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Harold Bayley’s ‘The Lost Language of Symbolism’ is a two-volume history of the symbolism of watermarks and printers’ marks, showing how the papermakers and printers of early Europe incorporated the rich imagery of mystical traditions such as Gnosticism, Masonry, and other secret sects and societies into the paper on which books were printed. Bayley wrote the book as a study in magic and religion with a semantic approach rather than one on rites and customs. According to Bayley:

“In the following studies I have taken all symbolism to be my province, but the subjects illustrated are, as before, hitherto-uninterpreted printers’ marks and paper-marks. Most of these signs have entirely lost their primitive significance, and are now used purely for commercial purposes; but there was a time when they were not only trade signs, but were also hieroglyphics, under which the pearl of great price was revered.” (Bayley).

 

This 1912 first edition is illustrated with an abundance of symbolic drawings and woodcut reproductions throughout!

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1912 1ed Fairy Tale Mythology MAGIC Printer Watermarks Lost Language Symbolism

 

Harold Bayley’s ‘The Lost Language of Symbolism’ is a two-volume history of the symbolism of watermarks and printers’ marks, showing how the papermakers and printers of early Europe incorporated the rich imagery of mystical traditions such as Gnosticism, Masonry, and other secret sects and societies into the paper on which books were printed. Bayley wrote the book as a study in magic and religion with a semantic approach rather than one on rites and customs. According to Bayley:

“In the following studies I have taken all symbolism to be my province, but the subjects illustrated are, as before, hitherto-uninterpreted printers’ marks and paper-marks. Most of these signs have entirely lost their primitive significance, and are now used purely for commercial purposes; but there was a time when they were not only trade signs, but were also hieroglyphics, under which the pearl of great price was revered.” (Bayley).

 

This 1912 first edition is illustrated with an abundance of symbolic drawings and woodcut reproductions throughout!

 

Item number: #11363

Price: $399

 

BAYLEY, Harold

 

The Lost Language of Symbolism. An inquiry into the origin of certain letters, words, names, fairy-tales, folklore, and mythologies.

 

Williams & Norgate: London, 1912. 1st edition

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes
    • Volume I- [ix], 375, [2]
    • Volume II- [viii], 388, [5]
    • Many intext illustrations
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover; tight and secure
  • Size: ~9.5in X 6.5in (23.5cm x 16.5cm)

 

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11363

Categories

Arts & Architecture

Other

Authors

BAYLEY, Harold

Printing Date

20th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete