Ornaments and Devices
Edward Raban used at least three printer’s marks, several devices, initial letters, and a range of ornaments to provide decorative material to the texts that he printed whilst in Aberdeen. The two main printer’s marks that he used were the Townes Armes which was used from 1624 onwards, the Crown and Thistle which was used frequently and a further monogram one used in 1638.
Raban used several devices throughout his printing, most notably given potential links to the Pilgrim Press, the so-called Brewster’s Bear which he frequently used as a tailpiece. He had two variants of this device, one with snakes in the canopy, the other without. However, the so-called ‘Brewster’s Bear’ was a widely used device.