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Allen, John (1789–1829), bookseller and antiquary, was born 'about' 27 July 1789, and baptized on 4 August 1789 at Hereford, the eldest son of John Allen (c.1754–1828), a leading bookseller in the city, and his wife, Mary (c.1754–1827), daughter of ...

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Bagford, John (1650/51–1716), bookseller and antiquary, was born in Fetter Lane, London, the son of John Bagford. Very little is known about his early life and family background. He was trained and worked as a shoemaker and wrote a little tract about this trade (...

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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentley, Samuel (1785–1868), printer and antiquary, was born on 10 May 1785, the eldest surviving son of Edward Bentley (b. 1753), publisher and principal of the accountant's office at the Bank of England, and his wife, Anne Nichols, only sister of the printer and historian ...

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Cole, John (1792–1848), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 3 October 1792 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire. He was of unknown parentage, and was apprenticed to William Birdsall, a bookseller in Northampton. In 1809 he began compiling material for a history of Northampton; the work was published by ...

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Dunkin, Alfred John (1812–1879), printer and antiquary, the only son of John Dunkin (1782–1846) and his wife, Ann (d. 1865), daughter of William Chapman, a civil engineer, was born at Islington, London, on 9 August 1812. He was given a good education, which included a period at the military college at ...

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Dyer, Gilbert (bap. 1743, d. 1820), antiquary and bookseller, was born at Dunstone in the parish of Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, and baptized on 14 September 1743. He was the son of Gilbert Dyer, schoolmaster (d. 1809), and his wife, Mary...

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Hillier, George Alexander (1815–1866), antiquary and publisher, was born in Kennington, Surrey, the son of William Hillier, commander RN, and his wife, Ann (d. 1862). He was educated at Place Street House Academy, Ryde, Isle of Wight (DNB), and it is known that he lived afterwards at ...

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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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Thomas Miller (1731–1804) by Edward Scriven (after Henry Edridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Miller, Thomas (1731–1804), bookseller and antiquary, was born at Norwich on 14 August 1731, and was baptized on 5 September in St Peter Mancroft Church, the elder son of Thomas Miller (d. 1764) and his first wife, Elizabeth Bacon (d. 1756)...

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Petheram, John (1807–1858), antiquary and publisher, was born at Oldmixon, near Weston-super-Mare, on 11 May 1807, the eldest in a family of four boys and three girls; his parents were Wesleyan Methodists. In 1830–31 he travelled to America with his family, who settled in ...

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Pocock, Robert (1760–1830), printer and antiquary, born at Gravesend, Kent, on 21 February 1760, was the third and youngest son of John Pocock (c.1719–1772), shopkeeper, who had married firstly Jane Channell (1717–1749) at Gravesend in 1745, and secondly Martha Williams (...

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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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Stark, Adam (1784–1867), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 24 February 1784 in Edinburgh. His parentage has not been established. According to his great-grandson he attended Edinburgh high school, and in 1803 or 1804 went into partnership with his cousin John Stark as a printer and bookseller in ...