clear space clear space clear space white space
 r c h i v e s   o f   M a r y l a n d   O n l i n e

PLEASE NOTE: The searchable text below was computer generated and may contain typographical errors. Numerical typos are particularly troubling. Click “View pdf” to see the original document.

  Maryland State Archives | Index | Help | Search
search for:
clear space
white space
A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland: 1686-1776 by Lawrence C. Wroth
Volume 435, Preface 5   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  
clear space clear space clear space white space


IT is only by infrequent contributions that there is being
formed a body of writing on that phase of American liter-
ary history which has to do with the history of printing
in the original colonies. For generations in England and
in continental Europe the investigation of typographi-
cal origins has been a field of research in which scholars
have taken a particular delight, but although Isaiah Thomas wrote his
''History of Printing in America' more than a hundred years ago, and
although in general American bibliography, Sabin and Charles Evans
have compiled notable works which should have given impetus to this study
in the United States, yet it remains true that intensive investigations of the
printing history of the individual colonies, or of the issue of their presses,
have been undertaken with noticeable reluctance. When there have been
mentioned the works of Hildeburnfor Pennsylvania and New York, of
Roden and Littlefield for early Massachusetts, Weeks f or North Caro-
lina, of Clayton-Torrencefor Virginia, and of The John Carter Brown
Library for Rhode Island, the tale has been completed1

The typographical history of Maryland,the fourth of the English colo-
nies in which the art was established, had never been made the subject of an
especial study until the present work was undertaken. One whose interest
lay in that subject had for authority only the general history of Isaiah
Thomas, which, in its section devoted to Maryland, added inaccuracy of
statement to an inevitable poverty of detail. Writing before the provincial

1Hildeburn, C. S. R., A Century of Printing, The Issues of the Press in Pennsylvania, 1685-1784. 2 v. Phila.
1885. Sketches of Printers and Printing in Colonial New York. N.Y. 1895.

Roden, R. F., The Cambridge Printers, 1638-1692. N.Y. 1905.

Littlefield, G. E., The Early Massachusetts Press, 1638-1711. 2 v. Boston, 1907.

Weeks, S. B., The Press of North Carolina in the /8th Century. Brooklyn, 1893.

Clayton-Torrence, William, A Trial Bibliography of Colonial Virginia, 1607-1776. (Published in two sections
as parts of the "Report of the Librarian of the Virginia State Library," for 1908 and 1909.)

Rhode Island Imprints, 1727-1800. Compiled by [Miss Rebecca P. Steere] the John Carter Brown Library.
Providence, 1915.



clear space
clear space
white space

Please view image to verify text. To report an error, please contact us.
A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland: 1686-1776 by Lawrence C. Wroth
Volume 435, Preface 5   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  

This web site is presented for reference purposes under the doctrine of fair use. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: The site may contain material from other sources which may be under copyright. Rights assessment, and full originating source citation, is the responsibility of the user.

Tell Us What You Think About the Maryland State Archives Website!

An Archives of Maryland electronic publication.
For information contact

©Copyright  August 01, 2018
Maryland State Archives