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Sidney Lee

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Bulloch, John (1805–1882), brass-finisher and literary scholar, was a native of Aberdeen. For most of his life he worked as a brass-finisher, and lived in very humble circumstances, but he devoted much of his leisure to literary pursuits. He contributed to The Athenaeum...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Sarah Couper

Castillo, John (1792–1845), stonemason, poet, and preacher, was born at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. When he was two or three years old his parents, who were Roman Catholics, emigrated to England, and on the voyage were shipwrecked off the Isle of Man. They settled in the hamlet of ...

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Evans, Frederick Henry (1853–1943), bookseller and photographer, was born in Whitechapel, London, on 26 June 1853, the son of John Cleland Evans, a music teacher. He spent his early years as a clerk in the accounts department of a London business. After purchasing a Ross microscope, he bought a camera in 1883 for both photomicroscopic and landscape photography from ...

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Ford, William (1771–1832), bookseller and print dealer, was born in Manchester, the son of Ann and John Ford, a tin man, brazier, and brass-founder. He was baptized on 8 February 1772 in the Cannon Street Independent Chapel in Manchester, and educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Gardiner, William Nelson (1766–1814), engraver and bookseller, born at Dublin on 11 June 1766, was the son of John Gardiner, 'crier and factotum' to Judge William Scott, and Margaret Nelson, his wife, a pastry-cook. He was educated at Sisson Darling's academy. After his mother's death, ...

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Ged, William (1684/5–1749), goldsmith and stereotype founder, was probably born in Dunfermline, son of William Ged, said to have been a member of the family of Ged of Baldridge in Fife. He was apprenticed to Robert Inglis, goldsmith, in Edinburgh in 1696, and his own mark was entered with the ...

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Humble, George (d. 1640), map- and printseller, dominated the map trade in the first forty years of the seventeenth century and died a very rich man. According to R. A. Skelton he was the son of the London stationer and bookseller Thomas Humble...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by Asia Haut

Keating, George (1762–1842), engraver and bookseller, was the son of the Roman Catholic bookseller Patrick Keating (1723/4–1816) and his wife, Julia Golightly (d. 1812). He was apprenticed to the engraver William Dickinson, and between 1775 and 1776 exhibited three chalk drawings with the ...

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Law, Samuel (fl. 1772–1783), poet and weaver, is of unknown origins. The title-page to his single publication, A domestic winter-piece: a poem, exhibiting a full view of the author's dwelling place in the winter-season. In two parts. Interspersed with a great variety of entertaining reflections...

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Reynes, John [formerly Jan Rijens] (d. 1545), bookseller and bookbinder, a native of Wageningen, Gueldres, in the Low Countries, was granted letters of denization on 7 June 1510. Between 1514 and 1535 his name appears regularly in the port rolls as an importer of books. In 1516 ...

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Sams, Joseph (1784–1860), bookseller and dealer in antiquities, was born on 26 February 1784 at Wellington, Somerset, the son of Joseph Sams and his wife, Esther, both members of the Society of Friends. He was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, from 1794 to 1798, and was a teacher there from 1804 to 1810. He married at ...

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Smith, Joseph (fl. 1709–1731), printseller and art bookseller, is of unknown parentage and there is no record of his early life. His son Joland was apprenticed in 1721 and was therefore probably born about 1707. Shortly afterwards, in partnership with Henry Overton, David Mortier...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Melanie Ord

Southgate, Henry (1818–1888), anthologist and auctioneer, was born in London, the son of James Webb Southgate, floor cloth manufacturer and auctioneer. Little is known of his early life or education, but on 4 June 1840 he married Elizabeth Lawson Robertson (b. 1819/20)...

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Thom, William (1798?–1848), poet and weaver, was born in Aberdeen, probably on 12 March 1798. He hardly knew his father, who may have been a merchant or an architect. Run over by a nobleman's carriage at an early age, Thom was lamed for life; his widowed mother was offered compensation of ...

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Thomason, Sir Edward (bap. 1769, d. 1849), manufacturer of buttons and jewellery and publisher of medals, was baptized in Birmingham on 14 November 1769, the son of Edward Thomason, a buckle manufacturer, and his wife, Catherine. He served as an apprentice in Matthew Boulton's...

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Sir Edward Thomason (bap. 1769, d. 1849) by William Brockedon, 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Stronach

revised by Roger Hutchins

Wilson, Alexander (1714–1786), astronomer and type founder, son of Patrick Wilson, town clerk of St Andrews, and Clara Fairfoul, his wife, was born at St Andrews, Fife. His father died when he was very young. He studied at the university there, and graduated MA on 8 May 1733. He was then apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary, first in ...

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Wright, John (1805–c. 1846), weaver and poet, was born on 1 September 1805 in the parish of Sorn, Ayrshire, the son of James Wright of Galston, coal-driver, and Grizzle Taylor (d. 1842). John, the fourth of seven children, grew up in ...