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