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Bohn, James George Stuart Burges (1803–1880), bookseller and bibliographer, was born on 20 December 1803 in London, the son of (John) Henry Martin Bohn (c.1757–1843), bookseller of London, and his wife, Elizabeth, niece of James Watt. The translator and publisher Henry George Bohn (1796–1884)...

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Thomas Britton (1644–1714) by John Wollaston, 1703 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Britton, Thomas (1644–1714), concert promoter, book collector, and coal merchant, was born on 14 January 1644 at Rushden near Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. He migrated to London where he apprenticed himself to a ‘small-coal’ (slack-coal, or charcoal) merchant near St John the Baptist's Street...

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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter, an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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Darling, James (1797–1862), bookseller and bibliographer, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh publisher Adam Black in 1809 and became active in the Scottish Presbyterian church. On moving to London in 1818, Darling entered the theological bookselling business of Ogle, Duncan, and Cochran...

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Edwards, James (1756–1816), book collector and bookseller, was born on 8 September 1756 at Halifax, Yorkshire, the second of the six sons (there were also two daughters) of William Edwards (bap. 1723, d. 1808), bookbinder and bookseller of Halifax, and his wife, Jane Green (...

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Frow, (Stephen) Edmund (1906–1997), toolmaker, trade unionist, and bibliophile was born in Harrington, Lincolnshire, on 5 June 1906, the third of five children of George Frow (1870–1935), a farmer, and his wife Mary Ann, née Bentley (1873–1974). Falling on harder times, ...

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Maunsell, Andrew (b. c. 1560, d. in or after 1604?), bookseller and bibliographer, was made free of the Drapers' Company by John Wight, himself active in the book trade, on 6 December 1574. The dates and circumstances of his birth, marriage, and death are unknown. Although never a member of the ...

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Perkins, Henry (bap. 1777, d. 1855), book collector and brewer, was baptized on 2 January 1777 at St Swithin London Stone, London, the son of John Perkins (1729/30–1812) and his wife, Amelia, widow of Timothy Bevan. John Perkins was the chief clerk of the ...

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Pollard, (Henry) Graham (1903–1976), bookseller and bibliographer, was born at 85 Erpingham Road, Putney, London, on 7 March 1903. His father was Albert Frederick Pollard (1869–1948), historian and first director of the Institute of Historical Research; his mother, Catherine Susanna (Katie; d. 1934)...

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Smith, John Russell (1810–1894), bookseller and bibliographer, was born on 3 January 1810 and baptized on 10 June at Sevenoaks, the first of two known children of Thomas Smith, millwright, and his wife, Frances, the other child being George Claxon Smith, born on 29 January 1812, also at ...

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Sotheby family (per. 1778–1861), auctioneers and book collectors, came to prominence in the book trade in the mid-eighteenth century with John Sotheby (1740–1807). The Sothebys stemmed from Pocklington in Yorkshire, where a nineteenth-century wall plaque in the local church of All Saints...

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Starkey, Ralph (d. 1628), archivist and merchant, was the second but eldest surviving son of John Starkey (d. c.1613) of Darley Hall, Cheshire, and his wife, Alice (d. 1620), daughter of Ralph Dutton of Dutton, Cheshire. His family was distantly related to that of ...

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Thomason, George (c. 1602–1666), bookseller and collector of civil-war tracts, was the son of George Thomason, husbandman of Sudlow, Cheshire, where Thomason may have been born (some sources suggest he was born at Westham in Sussex). He was apprenticed to Henry Fetherstone...

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Thompson, Sir Peter (1698–1770), merchant and book collector, was born at Poole, Dorset, on 30 October 1698, the third son of four surviving children of Captain Thomas Thompson and his wife, Amata Edwards. He was put to trade and became a successful and prosperous ...