Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Parks, William ( d 1750 )

A printer and bookbinder, who, between 1726 and 1737, was printer to the Lord Proprietor of the Province of Maryland. Parks, an Englishman by birth, was one of the most influential figures in the history of printing in Colonial American times, and had an important role in American literary history as well. He did bookbinding as well as printing in his establishment, advertising that "Book-Binding is done reasonably, in the best manner." In 1730 Parks established a branch business in the Province of Virginia at Williamsburg, and operated both businesses until disagreement with the Assembly at Annapolis in 1737 caused him to move his entire operation to Williamsburg. He was the first successful printer in Virginia, and The Complete Mariner, a manuscript volume of navigational exercises with a title page printed in Williamsburg in 1731, was one of the first products of his press. The binding of this work is skillfully decorated in blind with a roll and two other ornaments that were also used on books issued by his Annapolis shop and later on bindings executed in Williamsburg. (200 , 301 , 347 )

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