LARGER CATECHISM...RECEIVED BY THE SEVERAL PRESBYTERIAN C...
by M'Leod, Alexander
Stereotyped by J. Watts & Co. and stated on the title page "The first book ever stereotyped in America." (Sabin 39043; S&S 30520). Rollo Silver discusses this book in his Typefounding in America in which he states "John Watts, an Englishman who had worked with Andrew Wilson in England and whose brother was one of Earl Stanhope's first pupils, experimented with stereotyping in New York ... the Larger Catechism stereotyped and printed by J. Watts & Co. and published in June, 1813, bears a statement on the title page... This, though, is not the first book printed from stereotype plates in America; in 1812 the Philadelphia Bible Society had printed a bible from plates imported from London." Hinges cracked with loss of leather in places; covers soiled and rubbed. Foxed internally and with old water stain in lower margin of last few leaves.