Sower, Christopher Sr, (Germantown , PA)

Christopher Sower  Sr. (Sauer) d.1758

Printer, paper maker, ink manufacturer, and bookbinder*


Pennsylvania ( 1738-1758)  1.

*Sixteen trade were attributed to Sower, see I. Thomas pg 409

1 Isiah Thomas relates:  'Sower came to America in 1724 and followed various
occupations including button mold making, farming, stove casting and some
association with medicine. He seems to have acquired a press and type from
some German Baptists and with ingenuity and the help of some good workman
became successful. Sower would publish a German Bible, only the second bible
published in America, and later would open a mill to manufacture paper, learn 
bookbinding and begin type casting.'  He would be succeeded by Christopher
Sower Jr, pg 406-408

  1. Hannah French, "Early American Bookbinding by Hand" from: "Bookbinding in
    America" Lehmann-Haupt ed. 1967. pg.103.
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