The Green Man as a Printers Device
Paul Ferguson contacted me with a query about the use of the image of the green man as a printer’s device. He wondered if any of our members or blog viewers could shed any light on these images. He is especially interested in the meaning of the two rings hanging around the moustache. Originally I wondered if this was just an accidental addition to the image but as further examples came to light it seems obvious that it is an intentional motif.
According to David Gentleman (Design in Miniature, p. 28) the Green Man is found as a printer’s device in Augsburg as early as 1477. I would like add these and any other images to our archive and so would appreciate it if anyone knows of any other examples or have any theories regarding the use of the rings.