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ISO: the “M with Eyes”

Here’s a question tuned to the theme of our upcoming conference The Black Art & Printers’ Devils at the Huntington Library. Perhaps an APHA member or friend of APHA has knowledge about this particular uppercase “M” that featured in an 1890 book of poetry privately printed at the Chiswick Press in London. Has anyone seen this spooky “M” in other publications? 


Enhanced screengrab from the HathiTrust copy of Sand Key (anon., Chiswick Press, 1890).

A footnote early in the poem “deciphers” the letterform: