Newburyport: Printed by John Mycall, 1789. 52pp, with the half title, as issued. Disbound with light scattered foxing, else Very Good. Contemporary ownership signature on half title: "Nabby Goodhue's."
This pamphlet wins the award for the first example of three-color printing in America. Page 5 includes two ornaments, one in red and the other in blue. Pages 37 and 45 have ornamentation in black. "John Mycall of Newburyport, Massachusetts, tried to please the eye and dress up his work. As early as 1789 he used three colors to produce a pamphlet containing a red woodcut and blue initial on the first page of the text." [Silver, The American Printer 1787-1825, p. 148.] Evans notes, "Printed in three colors, black, red and blue."
Harold Hugo discussed the pamphlet in 'Three Color Printing before 1789?' [Printing and Graphic Arts, Volume 5, page 16]: "The opening page of the text has a woodcut on it printed in red and the initial letter on the opening page is printed in blue. This seems like a very early date for three color printing in Massachusetts, and several people I have shown the pamphlet to are of the opinion that it is probably the first three color printing in America." Hugo was president of the Meriden, CT Gravure Company.
Evans 21888. ESTC 29166. Item #38024