Who made these marks that have persisted over time, held this book in their hand, pulled the bookmark down so as not to lose their place? What were they thinking when they doodled on the flyleaf of a prayer book or school primer? Who was Tom?
These pictures are of marks left in books and papers – scribbles, signatures, printer colophons, a line of letters like a slice from the interior of a book. Here the evidence is not only of a small, handmade flourish but also of the tools we fashion to expand the reach these expressions.