This pane depicts the mark Antoine Verard. Verard was the first of the French printers to try his hand at the art of printing.  Antoine Verard was a printer, calligrapher, illuminator and a book seller whose books issued continuously for roughly forty-five years. The mark of Verard is a highly decorative one. In his mark, the shield of France is supported by angels, serving as messengers,  to symbolize the spirit of knowledge. Below the shield is a monogrammed heart supported by two birds resembling falcons. It was a custom of the early printers of Paris to use falcon in their marks. The lilies at the bottom of the mark represent France.


The stained glass panel highlighted here once hung in the windows of Kent Library when it was originally installed in 1939. In 1968, the panes were placed into walnut frames and displayed on the mezzanine level of the renovated library until 2007 when they were removed for safety during library remodeling.



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