Marcas del Fuego or Metal Brands

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We are currently working in the library of the Recoleta Convent in Arequipa, Peru. One of the most interesting things we have come across in this collection are the Marcas del Fuego. Marcas del Fuego are metal brands that were used to burn identifying marks into books. They were usually an initial or symbol associated with a library or collection. The Recoleta had different versions of it´s mark over time, these are a few examples.