Samuel Kneeland and Colonial Boston Printing

Jonathan M. Yeager

in Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780190248062
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190248086 | DOI:
Samuel Kneeland and Colonial Boston Printing

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This chapter examines Jonathan Edwards’s chief printer, Samuel Kneeland, as well as the context of colonial Boston printing. By selecting the kind of paper and format that would be used, establishing the price, and binding the books, Kneeland played a crucial role in determining how readers formed their impressions of Edwards as an author. Because he lived in arguably the most important town in the colonial American book trade, Kneeland was ideally positioned to print most of Edwards’s books during his lifetime, and to publish such seminal works as A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections in 1746. The chapter also discusses colonial newspapers and their role in advertising new books, and the ways in which book sales affected printers’ choices.

Keywords: Jonathan Edwards; Samuel Kneeland; Boston; printer; Religious Affections

Chapter.  11985 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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