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History of Printing

Isaiah Thomas’s enterprise in Worcester, Massachusetts, grew to be one of the great American printing houses, with its own paper mill and bindery. Thomas printed almanacs, newspapers, and magazines, and was the first to print music in America. He printed a folio bible in 1791 and then went on to publish the vast majority of school books and bibles used at the time in the United States. His History of Printing in America, with a Biography of Printers, and an Account of Newspapers celebrated the dramatic role printing had played in the formation of colonial America and marked the end of the era of the hand press.

Isaiah Thomas (1749–1831). The History of Printing in America: With Biographies of Printers, and an Account of Newspapers. . . . Worchester: Isaiah Thomas, 1810.
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