Exhaustive historical study on the
history of printing in the United States under the British government.
The style is sparing, not really exciting, but the book is complete
and well documented.
This definitive study of the American printer and
his craft explores every aspect of the printing trade from 1639, when
the first press was established in the Colonies, to the end of the Colonial
period, about 1800. It reflects the dedicated scolarship of a man considered
by many to be the most knowledgeable authority on the subject.
All the tools, materials and conditions involved in America’s early
printing trade are covered - presses, type, ink, paper, bookbinding,
shop procedures, working conditions, labor issues, remuneration and
more. In the final two chapters, Mr Wroth deals extensively with both
the content and look of the finished books, pamphlets and papers published
by the Colonial presses. Throughout, finely reproduced illustrations
show presses and pressmen, typefaces and type foundries, printed pages,
a paper mill, decorated bindings and more.
The book covers presses, that were established not only in the thirteen
original colonies, but also in the states emerging at the turn of the
19th century - Florida, Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi
among them. For everyone interested in how printing began in America
- historians, bibliophiles and typographic artists as well as those
general interest in books - here is a book to savor, a classic created
with the soundest knowledge, the most sensible judgement, and the happiest
spirit and taste.
II. The first presses of the colonies
III. The colonial printing house
IV. The colonial printing press
V. Type and type founding of the colonial period
VI. Printing ink
VII. The paper of the colonies
VIII. The journeymen and apprentices
IX. General conditions of the trade
X. Bookbinding in colonial America
XI . The product of the colonial press : the content
XII . The product of the colonial press : external characteristics
The Colonial Printer