News: Abbotsford - 300th Printing Anniversary (5 Jan 1939)
Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt
Surname: Daye, Dunster, Glover
----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 1/02/2019
Originally published in the Abbotsford Tribune, Thursday, January 5, 1939
Newsweek reminds us that this is the 300th year of printing in the United States, although the art was practiced in Mexico 100 years earlier.
The first printing press to be brought to Massachusetts was a second-hand one, which arrived from England in 1638.
After a visit to America, the Rev. Joseph Glover, a well-to-do minister of Surrey, returned to England, resigned his pastorate, and decided to found a college in the colonies. With his wife, the printing press, and a printer named Stephen Daye, he sailed again for American, but died at sea.
Shortly after his widow’s arrival in Boston, she married the Rev. Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard, and the printing press was set up there with Daye in charge of the shop, which later became known as the University Press.
Copies of four publications by Daye still exist, one of which, “The Hay Psalm Book,” printed in 1640, is one of the most valuable rare books in English in the world.
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