Title, Les Filigranes: Watermark illustrations. Volume 4 of Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire Historique Des Marques Du Papier Dès Leur Apparition Vers Briquet, Les filigranes page 1/1. BR x Pixel, dpi = 69 x 82 mm. Briquet, Les Filigranes, Nr. Charles Moïse Briquet and Les Filigranes. OVE K. NORDSTRAND. Published Online: | DOI:

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Much has happened in the meanwhile, but time has not touched Briquet’s pre-eminence on the shelves of rare-book rooms.

The digital age has embraced his achievement, which is now available through the impressive Bernstein Memory of Paper project. This course retraces Briquet’s footsteps, since, from his base in Geneva, he made major use of the Municipal and Departmental archives in Lyon.

In his Lyon watermarks were studied by Ilaria Pastrolin, who chased Briquet’s images back to their sources and will be collaborating with the course. The course also analyses Briquet’s method, in particular the fact that he ignored the twinship tiligranes watermarks and the almost frightening speed at which he worked.


Lessons begin with an introduction to the techniques of Western hand paper-making and explain its advent in the Middle Ages, when in Italy the technology was revolutionised by contact with the native wool industry, fiilgranes by explanations of sheet-sizes in particular those on the Bologna stone, c.

Further practical sessions take place at the Departmental Archives and at the Municipal Archives in Lyon, in order to look at manuscripts used by Briquet and to find the marks he traced. Paper is an intricate subject and very few scholars who have tackled its immensity have provided any sort of overview. Over the past decade or so, actually more like filigrsnes decades, I have taken a great deal of time and filigranex to assemble a rough guide entitled Paper and Watermarks as Bibliographical Evidence.

It should be understood that it is a bibliographical synopsis, i.

Charles-Moïse Briquet – Wikipedia

This text has gone through a number of versions, as well as being included in the workbooks for the courses at the IHL in, and giligranes A copy will be included in the course workbook, but it would be useful if you could look at it beforehand, or even read it thoroughly. Note that it is also available as a downloadable pdf. Here it is necessary to pay attention.


Although people frequently talk about the different editions, in rigorously bibliographical terms there is only one, since all the subsequent impressions are photographic reprints of the original. Nevertheless the reprints cannot be ignored.

Les Filigranes: Watermark illustrations – Charles-Moïse Briquet – Google Books

As for Briquet’s other writings, his most important articles are collected in: The Complete Works of Dr. See in particular the important trial run for what became Les filigranesor his famous article on the watermarks of Genoa: A word of warning, however.

It is large and complicated and not very good at explaining itself, so understanding requires patience. Subscribe to this course. Skip to main content.

The course is conducted in French.