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JANSEN, Reynier, printer, born in Holland; died in Philadelphia in March, 1706. He emigrated to this country in 1698. He was a lace-maker at Alkmaier, Holland, but, shortly after coming to Philadelphia, he set up a printing-press--the second in the middle colonies. From 1698 till 1706 he was the only printer in Pennsylvania. Probably the first book issued by him was "God's Protecting Providence" (1699). Thomas, in "History of Printing in America," says: "I have met with only one book with Jansen's name in the imprint," while Hildeburn, in "Issues of Pennsylvania Press, 1685-1784" (1885), enumerates thirty-five different publications bearing Jansen's imprint. The issues of Jansen's press have sold higher on the average as imprints than the issues of any other American printer. His two sons carried on the printing-business a few years after their father's death. One of the sons assumed the name of Tiberius Johnson, and the other that of Joseph Reynier, and respectively printed in these names.
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