Item #701 Circular. Publishers of the Massachusetts Register. . Publisher’s Circular. West, Signing in Richardson, James Loring.
“The publishers request that no information be forwarded, which may not be full and confidently relied on.”

Circular. Publishers of the Massachusetts Register. . .

Boston, August 21, 1816. Item #701

4to broadside. 255 x 200 mm., [10 x 8 inches]. neatly printed on laid paper. 4  pp. (pp. 2-4 blank), with integral blank leaf addressed on verso in manuscript to "Isaac Goodman Esq./ Sterling". Folded for mailing, sheets toned, part of address leaf torn away without loss of information. Very good.

The Circular was sent to the agents and local reporters who supply notices to the newspapers.  It reads in part, “Sir, The Publishers of the Massachusetts Register, desirous that it should convey the most correct information, respectfully solicit your assistance in expunging its errors, and supplying new articles, as in your opinion may be of public utility for the Register of 1817. . .”

 The Circular is addressed to Isaac Goodwin, author of Town Officer or Laws of Massachusetts, The New England Sheriff,  and numerous pamphlets of local interest to Worcester and nearby Sterling. 

 John West and Eleazer Tyng Fox Richardson were printers and booksellers in Boston from the 1790’s until the mid-1820’s and were very involved in trade developments during their tenure.  John Loring was a Boston printer for 55 years and was the editor of Christian Watchman and publisher, along with West & Richardson of the Massachusetts Register from 1800 to 1848.

 This broadside in not cited in Shaw & Shoemaker and OCLC records a single copy, at the American Antiquarian Society.

 Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, IV, p. 28.  Allibone’s Critical Dictionary of English Literature, I, p. 794. (701)


Price: $225.00