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Blades, William (1824–1890), printer and bibliographer, was born on 5 December 1824, in Clapham, Surrey, the third son and the fifth of the nine children of Joseph Blades (c.1786–c.1860) and his wife, Grace Hainsworth (1792–1863). His parents were both English. His father and uncle were partners with ...

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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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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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Forman, Henry Buxton [Harry] (1842–1917), bibliographer and forger, was born on 11 July 1842 at Camden Place, Southampton Street, Camberwell, the third son and fifth child of the eight children of George Ellery Forman (1800–1867), naval surgeon, and his wife, Maria Courthorpe (1805–1888)...

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Henry Buxton Forman (1842–1917) by unknown photographer [detail] © reserved; Keats House, London Borough of Camden

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Greg, Sir Walter Wilson (1875–1959), literary scholar and bibliographer, was born on 9 July 1875 at Park Lodge, Wimbledon Common, the only son of William Rathbone Greg (1809–1881), a social and political commentator, and his second wife, Julia, second daughter of James Wilson (1805–1860)...

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William Herbert (1718–1795) by William Say, pubd 1809 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Herbert, William (1718–1795), bibliographer and printseller, was born on 29 November 1718, the second of five children of Thomas Herbert (c.1691–1721), a dyer and hosier of Gravel Lane, Southwark, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1748). His parents were Londoners and Presbyterians. What is known of his first thirty years derives from ...

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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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McKenzie, Donald Francis (1931–1999), bibliographer and literary scholar, was born on 5 June 1931 in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand, the eldest of the five children of Leslie Olson McKenzie (b. c.1910), a bootmaker, and his wife, Millicent Irene, née Last (...

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W. W. Greg

revised by John V. Richardson Jr.

McKerrow, Ronald Brunlees (1872–1940), bibliographer and literary scholar, was born at Putney, Surrey, on 12 December 1872, the only son of Alexander McKerrow, civil engineer, and grandson of William McKerrow, one-time moderator of the Presbyterian Church of England. His mother was Mary Jane...

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Painter, George Duncan (1914–2005), biographer and bibliographer, was born on 5 June 1914 at 23 Galton Road, Oldbury, Worcestershire, near Birmingham, the son of George Charles Painter, schoolmaster and singer, and his wife, Minnie Rosendale, née Taylor, artist. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham...

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Pollard, Alfred William (1859–1944), bibliographer and scholar of English literature, was born at 1 Brompton Square, Kensington, London, on 14 August 1859, the youngest son of a physician, Edward William Pollard, and his second wife, Emma Louisa, daughter of George Edward Thompson, a shipowner, of ...

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Alfred William Pollard (1859–1944) by Frank Brooks, 1928 © Copyright The British Museum

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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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Sadleir [formerly Sadler], Michael Thomas Harvey (1888–1957), bibliographer and novelist, was born in Oxford on 25 December 1888, the only child of the educational pioneer Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943), and his first wife, Mary Ann (d. 1931), daughter of Charles Harvey...

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Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888–1957) by unknown photographer, pubd 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Thomas Seccombe

revised by J.-M. Alter

Westwood, Thomas (1814–1888), poet and bibliographer of angling, was born on 26 November 1814 at Westwood Cottage, The Chase, Enfield, and was baptized at St Andrew's, Enfield, on 1 January 1815, the youngest son of Thomas Westwood of Enfield and his wife, Mary...

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Wheatley, Henry Benjamin (1838–1917), bibliographer and editor, was born on 2 May 1838 in London, posthumous son of Benjamin Wheatley, an auctioneer, and his wife, Madalina Rosa Hibernia Burdett, née Abercromby. Soon orphaned, he was educated within the family, mainly by his brother ...