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Isaiah Thomas

(1749—1831)


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(1749–1831),

printer, editor, and publisher of Worcester, Mass., was the leading publisher of his day, the quality of his work causing Franklin to call him “the Baskerville of America.” He issued A Specimen of his types (1785), which gives important evidence concerning early American printing. His History of Printing in America (2 vols., 1810) is the most significant early work on the subject. He founded the American Antiquarian Society (1812).

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