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Cambridge in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Stephen Daye

 
 
Stephen Daye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2014
1. Stephen Daye Marker
Inscription.
Here lived
Stephen Daye
who set up near by
the first printing press
in British America
1638

 
Location. 42° 22.393′ N, 71° 7.132′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Dunster Street and Massachusetts Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Dunster Street. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the wall of the Cambridge Savings Bank in Harvard Square. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cambridge (here, next to this marker); Fourth Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hollis Hall (about 700 feet away); Christ Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Way to Charlestown (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Regarding Stephen Daye. He is best known as printer of the first book in what would later be called the United States. Measuring 4.1 by 6.8 inches, it is popularly called the Bay Psalm Book (1640). Only 11 copies survive
Marker Seen from Across Dunster Street image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2014
2. Marker Seen from Across Dunster Street
The Stephen Daye marker is to the right of the Cambridge marker.
from an original press run of 1,700. In November 2013, Boston’s Old South Church sold one of its two copies at Sotheby’s for a record $14.2 million.


 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Rowley Burial Ground
 
Also see . . .
1. America’s First Printer. Brief note about Stephen Daye, including a photograph of his printing press. (Submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Sotheby’s. Account of the record-setting sale in 2013 of a copy of the Bay Psalm Book. (Submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

3. John of London (ship).
The John of London was a ship, possibly built during the 1620s by Robert Trenckmore in his shipyards at Shoreham-By-Sea in West Sussex, England. The ship was captained by George Lamberton during its 1638 voyage from Hull, Yorkshire to Boston, Massachusetts. This voyage brought Ezekiel Rogers and a number of families that went on to settle Rowley, Massachusetts. The voyage was also notable for bringing the first printing press to North America, which went on to be used at Harvard College. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Additional keywords. printing press
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraCommunications
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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