About this printer
Berthold Rembolt, originally from Ehenheim in Alsace, moved to Paris in 1494, where he established his printing firm in partnership with Ulrich Gering at the Sign of the Golden Sun. By the time Gering left the firm in 1509, Rembolt was operating his practice from two addresses and had become a prominent figure in the publication of religious documents. Among the works of his prolific oeuvre – which contains a great number of papal documents, psalters, and Bibles – are the Missale Parisiense, Dialogorum libri quattor of Pope Gregory I, and Familiarum colloquiorum formulae et alia quaedam recognita of Erasmus. In 1513, Rembolt partnered with Jean Waterloose, who ultimately assumed control of the Golden Sun press.
About the device
Rembolt’s mark in the Vassar Library maintains the traditional motifs of printers in the early sixteenth century. The printer’s initials B.R. appear in the upper hemisphere of an orb, surmounted by a four-mark and cross. Rembolt was one of the first of his contemporaries to use a printer’s device consistently, and developed several over the course of his career. Many of his versions incorporated a large sun, often at the center of forest landscapes inhabited by huntsmen.