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THE

HISTORY OF PRINTING

IN

AMERICA.

WITH A

BIOGRAPHY OF PRINTERS,

AND AN

ACCOUNT OF NEWSPAPERS.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED A CONCISE VIEW OF

THE DISCOVERY AND PROGRESS OF THE ART

IN

OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

BY ISAIAH THOMAS,
PRINTER, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS.

VOLUME I.

PRINTING dispels the gloom of mental night-
Hail! pleasing fountain of all cheering light!
How like the radiant orb which gives the day,

And o'er the earth sends forth th' enlight'ning ray

WORCESTER:

FROM THE PRESS OF ISAIAH THOMAS, JUN.
ISAAC STURTEVANT, PRINTER.

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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT.

L.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the cleventh day of May, in the thirty fourth Year of the Independence of the United States of America, ISAIAH THOMAS, of the said District, has deposited in this Office the Title of a Book, the Right whereof he claims as Author, in the Words following, to wit: The History of Printing in America. With a Biography of Printers, and an Account of Newspapers. To which is prefixed a concise view of the Discovery and Progress of the Art in other Parts of the World. In two Volumes.

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act entitled, "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the Times therein mentioned; and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

WM. S. SHAW,

Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

DEDICATION.

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The President, and other Officers and Members, of the AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, in Pennsylvania :

AND,

The President, Counsellors and other Members, of the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, in Massachusetts.

GENTLEMEN,

I KNOW not to whom I can with more propriety dedicate this work than to you, who are professedly patrons of the arts.

No writer, on either side of the Atlantic, has presented to the world a History of Printing in America; and, as many of the facts relating to the subject were in danger of being irrecoverably lost,

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I have, with a view of placing them in a state of preservation, undertaken to collect the same, and now take the liberty to present them to you.

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