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Crossley, James (1800–1883), writer and book collector, was born on 31 March 1800 at The Mount, Halifax, the second son of James Crossley (1767–1831), a merchant in the wool manufacturing trade, and his wife, Anne (1772–1813), daughter of William Greenup, a merchant. He received a grounding in classical literature at the grammar schools of ...

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Daniel, George [pseud. P— P—] (1789–1864), writer and book collector, was born on 16 September 1789 and descended from Paul Danieli, a Huguenot who settled in England in the seventeenth century. His father died when he was eight. Educated at Thomas Hogg's boarding-school...

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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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Edward Harley, second earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1689–1741) by Michael Dahl © Copyright The British Museum

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Harley, Edward, second earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1689–1741), book collector and patron of the arts, was born on 2 June 1689, the only son of Robert Harley, first earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1661–1724), politician, and his first wife, Elizabeth (d...

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Heath, Benjamin (1704–1766), literary scholar and book collector, was born at Exeter on 20 April 1704, the eldest son of Benjamin Heath (1672?–1728), fuller and merchant of Exeter, who married Elizabeth Kelland (buried at St Leonard's, Exeter, in October 1723). His father was a prominent Baptist and he was not baptized in ...

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Mason, George (1735–1806), writer and book collector, was baptized on 17 September 1735 at St Alban, Wood Street, London, the second son and fourth child of John Mason (1686–1753/4), a wealthy malt distiller in Deptford, who on 23 February 1728 had married Amelia (...

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Offor, George (1787–1864), literary editor and book collector, was the son of George Offor. He started in business as a bookseller at 2 Postern Row, Tower Hill, London, from which he retired with a competency. By the advice of his friend J. S. C. S. Frey...

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Reed, Isaac (1742–1807), literary editor and book collector, was born on 1 January 1742 at Stewart Street, near the Old Artillery Ground, London, the son of Isaac Reed (d. 1757), a baker, and his wife, Margaret, née Adamson (d. 1788). His father, whose shop was in ...

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Alphonse James Albert Symons (1900–1941) by Wyndham Lewis, 1932 © Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Symons, Alphonse James Albert (1900–1941), book collector and writer, was born on 16 August 1900 in Battersea, London, the eldest in the family of four sons and one daughter of Maurice (or Morris) Albert Symons (d. 1929), auctioneer, a Jewish immigrant from ...

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Wise, Thomas James (1859–1937), book collector and forger, was born on 7 October 1859 at 52 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, the eldest of four children, all sons, of Thomas Wise (1828–1902) and Julia Victoria Dauncy (1838–1881). The father, described by his son as 'manufacturing traveller', gave his occupation on the birth certificate of his youngest son as 'tobacconist'. After ...

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Wodhull, Michael (1740–1816), book collector and poet, was born at Thenford, Northamptonshire, on 15 August 1740, the only son of John Wodhull (1678–1754) of Thenford and his second wife, Rebecca (1702–1794), the daughter of Charles Watkins of Aynho. He was the last male in a line descended from ...