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Baker, William (bap. 1742, d. 1785), printer and classical scholar, was baptized on 5 April 1742 at St Mary, Reading, the son of William Baker, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane, née Cox. His father had hoped for a career in the church for him, encouraged in this by ...

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Johnson, John de Monins (1882–1956), printer, ephemerist, and classical scholar, was born on 17 May 1882 at Kirmington, Lincolnshire, the second son and third child of the vicar, the Revd John Henry Johnson (1841–1938), and his wife, Anna Braithwaite, née Savory (1846–1928). He was educated at ...

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John de Monins Johnson (1882–1956) by Hubert Andrew Freeth, 1956 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Ruddiman, Thomas (1674–1757), printer, classical scholar, and librarian, was born in October 1674 at Raggel, in the parish of Boyndie, Banffshire, one of at least three sons of James Ruddiman, a farmer and staunch royalist, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Simpson, a neighbouring farmer. He excelled in classical studies at ...

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Valpy, Abraham John (bap. 1786, d. 1854), classical scholar and printer, was born in Reading, Berkshire, where he was baptized at St Laurence's Church on 30 October 1786, the second son of Richard Valpy (1754–1836), a schoolmaster, and his second wife, Mary (1759/60–1816)...

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Abraham John Valpy (bap. 1786, d. 1854) by H. S. Turner, pubd 1831 (after Eden Upton Eddis, 1831) © National Portrait Gallery, London