Very Good in Very Good jacket. Printing House of Leo Hart (Printers' Valhalla series) [Published date: 1949]. Hard cover, 115 pp. Very good in very good dust jacket. Blue cloth covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Light bumping to edges and corners of covers. Binding tight. Pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has a few small nicks and tears and light creasing along edges. Light overall scuffing and aging to jacket as well. Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-Library. No remainder marks. [From front jacket flap] THE VALHALLA series of contributions to the history of bookmaking has paid tribute to the most famous of its contemporaries, Daniel Berkeley Updike, and to Isaiah Thomas, who created the business ofAmerican printing. Its third issue links the New World to the Mother Country, and in doing this restores a long forgotten name to the typographical annals of each. The Dexter family has long been prominent in RhodeIsland, where Gregory's descendants have been outstanding in every generation. Their progenitor, after a political career second only to that of Roger Williams, devoted his remaining years to the work of a Baptist minister. For nearly three centuries, it was forgotten that when the managers of the infant Massachusetts Press at Cambridge did not know what to do, the strict Puritan officials forgot their animosities and welcomed the Rhode Island neighbor each year to help them get out an almanac. As completely forgotten was another fact, that before leaving England, young Dexter had a law-defying apprenticeship. He and a partner became the managers of an old established printing house, where for three years they were the favored printers of the controversial publications of one ofthe most prominent of the bitterly hostile politico-religious groups. When one of these tracts, written by Roger Williams, overstepped the bounds and was suppressed with threatened penalties, Dexter vanished, as his partner had before him. The young man turned up in Rhode Island province, New England, as the most dependable confidant of Roger Williams. Gregory Dexter's first biographer was an itinerantBaptist minister; the second, a genealogist. The third is a local newspaper staffer who has become enmeshed in the historical background of his community and is now an active member of its Historical Society. His efforts to untangle a curiously complicated body of evidence opens up unsuspected aspects of the course of history on both sides of the Atlantic about the year 1640.
Cloth spotted, dj edge wear, VG/G. Printer of London political tracts fled to Rhode Island when Roger Williams tract suppressed. Rochester: Printing House of Leo Hart, 1949. xiii, 115 pages. 29 facsimiles of titlepages, text. 9 x 6", cloth, dj.
Very Good. 1949. First Edition. Printing House of Leo Hart. 1949. Cloth. Octavo. 115 pp. Light rippling to top edge of pages, from p. 64 through to back endpapers. Ends of spine gently bumped. Chippiing to DJ. Overall VG copy.
Good. 1949. First Edition. Printing House of Leo Hart. 1949. Buckram, DJ. Octavo. 115 pp. DJ with peeling, tears, and chipping. Book with ends of spine bumped; interior clean and binding tight. Overall VG book in good DJ.
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