The Collation

Research and Exploration at the Folger

“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: March 2018

This month’s Crocodile mystery is about an engraving. What do you think are the wavy lines on this print?


  • I see what appear to be stairs. So I imagine that this is an upper level or a tower. Hence the wiggly lines depict the air moving around the outside of the structure. My first two thoughts were water and dirt but that seemed too obvious.

  • Could it be that the plate itself was cracked from overuse pr poor printing technique, or that the more spidery ones came from the ground failing?

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