Isaiah Thomas was born into poverty in Boston on 19 January 1749. His father abandoned the family when Isaiah was six, leading the young boy to be apprenticed to a rather shady printer named Zechariah Fowle.
The History of Printing in America has become a standard work on which all subsequent studies of the subject have built. By America Thomas meant the United States, for printing was practiced south of the border for about a century before the first press was established in the colonies.
At the age of seventy-six Thomas wrote: “Could I live my life over again and choose my employment it would be that of Printer.”
LENDER: The Grolier Club