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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); Way to Charlestown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski (approx. ¼ mile away); These Cannon Were Abandoned (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
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.
11 copies survive 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.


 
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.) 
 
Additional keywords. printing press
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraCommunications
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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