Author Unknown Typographia. An ode, on printing.
King Library Press, Lexington, 1995
A printing of a section of an eighteenth century poem on printing.
THE Title Page is a facsimile of the 1730 Pamphlet, believed by
some to be the first issue of William Parks' Press. It was the
first book printed in the American Colonies relating to
the Art of Printing, and one of the earliest issues of the
Old Dominion. A three-page charge to the Grand Jury by the
Governor, William Gooch, may, however, have been printed earlier.
Parks printed the Virginia Gazette, the first newspaper
South of the Potomac, and issued it from his Williamsburg office
until his death in 1750. The Author of the Typographia
may have been John Markland, an Attorney of the County of New
Printed as a Keepsake by the Participants in the 1995 King
Library Press Fall Seminar in Graphic Design Designing Books at
Colonial Williamsburg with Helen Mageras, Senior Book Designer
at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.