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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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Jones, John (b. before 1585, d. in or before 1658), copyist and manuscript collector, was born in Gellilyfdy in the parish of Ysgeifiog, Flintshire, the eldest of six sons and three daughters born to William Jones (1527/8–1622) and his wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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Langbaine, Gerard (1656–1692), dramatic cataloguer and writer, was born on 15 July 1656 in the parish of St Peter-in-the-East, Oxford, the second of two sons of Gerard Langbaine (1608/9–1658), provost of Queen's College, Oxford, and his wife, Elizabeth (1613–1692), daughter of Charles Sunnybanke...

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Perry, Walter Copland (1814–1911), writer and collector of casts, born in Norwich on 24 July 1814, was the second son of Isaac Perry (1777–1837), a Congregational minister at Cherry Lane, Norwich (1802–14), who later became a Unitarian minister at Ipswich (1814–25) and at ...

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Salaman, Raphael Arthur (1906–1993), collector and lexicographer of tradesmen's tools, was born on 24 April 1906 at Homestall, Barley, near Royston, Hertfordshire, the fourth of six children of Redcliffe Nathan Salaman (1874–1955), physician and scientist, and his wife, Pauline Ruth (Nina), née Davis (1877–1925)...

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Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodreed (1725–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...

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James Sowerby (1757–1822) by J. C. Edwards (after Thomas Heaphy, 1816) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...

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Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868) by John Boaden, exh. RA 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Waurin [Wavrin], Jean de (b. 1399/1400, d. in or after 1473/4), compiler and collector of histories, was the illegitimate son of Robert de Waurin, hereditary seneschal of Flanders, and Michielle de Croix. He was related to many influential members of the court of ...