|Small book printed in 1796 in Lancaster, PA|
|End sheet has the name of the original owner and the|
first page tells the story of the book. Click on to enlarge.
|Portraiture of Benjamin Franklin who opened|
a shop in Lancaster in 1751.
vania has a storied history of the "The Black Art" with Ben Franklin founding Lancaster City's first print shop in 1751 and for six years he and his partners tried to duplicate the success they had created in Philadelphia. It happened to be at the same time as the famous Ephrata Cloisters was printing a newspaper as well as a multitude of publications, some in German and some in English. Due to the immense competition from the Cloisters as well as many other upstart print shops, Franklin's print shop sort of fizzled out and he closed up shop in 1757.
|Historical sign in front of the Lancaster|
Newspaper office in Lancaster.
|Rear pages of the book look as if they were used by|
the owner of the book to practice his calligraphy.
|These loose pages fell from the book. They are hand-sewn|
in white thread and are printed in both English and German.