Two paper objects (pictured here) were found laid in to the Library's copy of M. Blundeuile his exercises, i.e. Thomas Blundeville's Exercises, 4th ed., London, 1613 (IUA01629). At first it was thought that these might be parts that had become detached from a volvelle on p. 301 of the Exercises. However, closer examination shows that these pieces are not part of this book at all. The diagram on p. 301 calls only for a calculating thread, not for a volvelle or pointer. Although the thread is missing from this volume, one can be found in the Library's copy of the 7th edition of Blundeville's Exercises, London, 1636 (IUA01630).
The circular paper is an engraved label bearing the name of “James Gibbs, Clock and Watch Maker, at Stockton upon Teeas” [i.e., Stockton on Tees]. The paper is notched around the edges as if to allow pasting on to a convex surface. The paper pointer (if that is what it is) may or may not be related to the circular label. We would be interested in any information our readers can provide on this James Gibbs or about the nature of the clock or other instrument for which the label was designed. AB