- Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1810.
- small 8vo.
- library brown buckram
- 487; 576 pages.
- ISBN: none
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 36656
First edition. (Bigmore & Wyman III, 9; S-K 3602 for binding references). All five plates are present. An invaluable book to the student of American printing and certainly the cornerstone in any collection of books on U.S. printing and publishing history. Also has information on newspapers and publishing. Thomas was the right person to write this title as he was one of the most important American publishers - booksellers of this early American period. His comments on his friends in the field and the beginnings of printing in different locations in the country based on personal knowledge make this a primary source.
Bound in a later library buckram binding with gilt on spine. The plate facing page 70 is present, but has separated from the binding and torn into three pieces along the creases. Some tears, with one effecting the page numbers 495-500 of volume II. Some marks obscuring the text on pages 152-153. A torn sheet on page 221-222, page 491-492 and 493-494. Ex-library stamp from the De Mill Library. Else a lovely copy.