A History of Printing in the United States: The Story of the Introduction of the Press and of Its History and Influence during the Pioneer Period in Each State of the Union - Vol. 2

A History of Printing in the United States: The Story of the Introduction of the Press and of Its History and Influence during the Pioneer Period in Each State of the Union - Vol. 2

A History of Printing in the United States: The Story of the Introduction of the Press and of Its History and Influence during the Pioneer Period in Each State of the Union - Vol. 2

A History of Printing in the United States: The Story of the Introduction of the Press and of Its History and Influence during the Pioneer Period in Each State of the Union - Vol. 2

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Because of the plan adopted for the production of the present work on the history of American printing, this second volume appears first. This will be followed by the third and fourth volumes dealing with the states west of the Atlantic seaboard. The first volume in the set, which will comprise a general survey of the work and methods of the pioneer printer, and the geographical extension of the press from ocean to ocean, together with the chapters recording the history of early printing in the New England states, will be put to press at about the same time as the fourth volume, which will also contain a thorough index to all the volumes of this history.

An extensive introduction, discussing fully the plan and method of this effort to chronicle the work of the pioneer printers of the United States, will be found in Volume I. Pending its appearance, I may remind the reader that the present work represents the first attempt at a history of American printing for 126 years, since the publication in 1810 of the History of Printing in America byIsaiah Thomas, founder and first president of the American Antiquarian Society--an institution which has kept alive his active interest in the records of the press of the United States. A second edition of this work, "with the author's corrections and additions," was published in 1874 under the supervision of a special committee of the American Antiquarian Society. But, except for an occasional note, this second edition does not carry the record of the American press beyond the date reached by Thomas in 1810.

It is the hope of the author, expressed with all modesty, that this work may prove a worthy successor to the history by Isaiah Thomas, for whose work, both as printer and historian, I have unbounded respect.

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