The Origin of Printing: in Two Essays: I. The Substance of Dr. Middleton's Dissertation on the Origin of Printing in England. II. Mr. Meerman's Account of the First Invention of the Art. An Appendix is annexed, 1. On the first-printed Greek Books. 2. On the first-printed Hebrew Books, with Observations on some modern Editions; and a Collation, from Walton's Polyglott, of a remarkable Passage, as printed in Kings and Chronicles. 3. On the early Polyglotts.

xvi, 144 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: W. Bowyer & J. Nichols, 1774.

First edition. Bowyer (1699-1777), the son of one of the leading printers of the day, had an equally distinguished career professionally and was very active in scholarly projects. He became printer to the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Royal Society, and the Society of Antiquaries. The present book, along with his edition of the New Testament in Greek with notes, are his principal works.

Fine copy.

❧ Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 74–“The treatises of Middleton against the Corsellis theory, and of Meerman, are here abridged, with annotations by W. Bowyer and John Nichols, and a preface.” D.N.B., II, pp. 991-94.

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