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    Rare Two-Volume First Edition Set in the Original Printed Boards

    Isaiah Thomas. 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. Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1810.

    First edition. Two large octavo volumes. 487; 576 pages. Illustrated with five engraved plates, three of which are folding.

    Original printed boards are significantly faded and rubbed. Joints cracked; front board of volume I is loose, and front and back boards of volume II are all but detached. Rear hinges of both volumes have been expertly reinforced. A few light water stains to the cover of Volume II. Uncut pages are toned within area of the text. A previous owner's signature has been clipped from the first free endpaper of each volume. Volume I has the name 'Thomas' hand-written in ink on the front cover, filling in the printed name, now mostly faded. A set in good condition. Individually chemised and housed together in a custom case lettered in gilt on spine.

    Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831) was a newspaper publisher and writer who was active in the American Revolution. He was the country's leading printer, prompting Benjamin Franklin to call him the "American Baskerville." His History of Printing in America is considered the authority on the history of printing in America, and many of the source materials used for this book formed the nucleus of the library of the American Antiquarian Society which Thomas founded in 1812.


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