Books Printed For, and Sold by David West, No. 36 Marlborough Street. David West, Publisher.
Books Printed For, and Sold by David West, No. 36 Marlborough Street

Books Printed For, and Sold by David West, No. 36 Marlborough Street

Boston: n.d. (1795). 12mo. Bifolium. Unpaginated but [4] pp., final page blank. Toned, edges a little worn. Preserved in a mylar sleeve. Item #2674

This diminutive advertisement is a remarkable survival, and seems to represent a separate issue of the advertisement that appears in David West's 1795 publication of "Catechism of Nature for the Use of Children." The present specimen was not extracted from any binding; curiously, there are side stab-holes in the inside margins that were certainly made by a broad knife. In the gutter margin are two pinholes; no thread has ever passed through them; moreover, these pinholes are wrongly positioned for the sewing of a codex book.

Finally, AAS gives the pagination of the final gathering of West's 1795 "Catechism" as numbered "3, [1]" and the collation: "I4, with I2v and I4v blank." The present bifolium could not have been utilized in such a gathering. A gathering "I" consisting of four leaves (i.e. two conjugates) could only be bifolium I1+I4 surrounding bifolium I2+3. That the present specimen was printed as one or the other bifolium is an impossibility.

For the published "Catechism" see Evans 29026 and ESTC W7326.

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