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Allde, John (b. in or before 1531, d. 1584), printer and bookseller, took up his freedom of the Stationers' Company in January 1555. He had been apprenticed to the bookseller Richard Kele until Kele's death in 1552, and was left 'fyve pounds...

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Applebee, John (c. 1690–1750), printer and bookseller, worked from premises a little below Brideway Bridge in Blackfriars, and then in Fleet Ditch from 1715 to 1724, and specialized in the lives of criminals and their dying speeches. Applebee printed the St James Evening Post, or, Nightly Pacquet...

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Balfour, John (1715–1795), bookseller and printer, was born in South Leith, Edinburghshire, on 1 December 1715, the ninth among the sixteen children of the manufacturer and shipbuilder James Balfour (1681–1737) and Louisa Hamilton (1686–1750). When he was three the family moved to the ...

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Bassandyne [Bassendyne], Thomas (d. 1577), printer and bookseller, was a native of Scotland, although his place of birth, parents, and details of his early life and education are unknown. He is believed to have learned the art of printing abroad, possibly at Paris...

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Beatniffe, Richard (bap. 1739, d. 1818), bookseller and printer, was born at Louth, Lincolnshire, and baptized at Holton-le-Clay on 13 September 1739, probably the son of Davenport Beatniffe and Jane Hardy. He was adopted and brought up by his uncle the Revd Samuel Beatniffe (1702–1781)...

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Bell, John (1745–1831), printer and bookseller, was a major figure in the London printing and book trade for much of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Bell succeeded a Mrs Bathoe in 1769 to run the British Library, a bookshop in the ...

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Blow [Blaw], James (1676–1759), printer and bookseller, was born on 29 July 1676, the youngest of nine children of John Blaw (d. 1709) of Culross, Perthshire, Scotland, and his first wife, Elizabeth Wilson. The Blaw family had owned Castlehill estate in Culross parish...

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Bonny, William (bap. 1657, d. 1719), printer and bookseller, was baptized on 22 June 1657 at Bath Abbey, the son of John Bonny, barber, and his wife, Alice. He was apprenticed to William Bowtell, draper of London, for seven years from 5 August 1674 and became a freeman of the ...

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Bryce, John (bap. 1717, d. 1787), printer and bookseller, was baptized in Glasgow on 10 March 1717, the younger son of Patrick Bryce, hammerman, and Janet Watson. Nothing more is known of his background or early life. His name first appears in a ...

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Bynneman, Henry (b. in or before 1542, d. 1583), printer and bookseller, of unknown parentage, was apprenticed to the printer Richard Harrison on 24 June 1559. After Harrison's death in 1563 it is assumed that he worked with Harrison's former partner, the printer ...

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Carnan, Thomas (1737–1788), printer and bookseller, was born in Reading, the younger son of William Carnan (d. 1737), printer, of the Bible and Crown in the Market Place and Minster Street, Reading, and his wife, Mary, the eldest daughter of Martin Hounshill...

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Caxton, William (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat, was the first Englishman to print books, bringing the printing press to England in 1475 or 1476.

Nothing is known of Caxton's family or his place of birth. He was born in the weald of Kent...

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Charteris, Henry (d. 1599), printer and bookseller, was descended from the house of Charteris of Kinfauns, Perthshire, but no further details of birth or parents are known. The precise extent of his involvement in late sixteenth-century publications of Scottish vernacular and neo-Latin writing has yet to be fully established, but he was certainly involved in the publication of over forty books, some twenty of which he actually printed. He patronized printers such as ...

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Chase, William (1692–1744), printer and bookseller, was born at East Dereham, Norfolk, the eldest of three sons and one daughter of William Chase (d. 1716), hosier, and his wife, Alice. He was bound apprentice to the Norwich bookseller Thomas Goddard about 1705. Following the death in November 1706 of ...

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Clapham, Sir Michael John Sinclair (1912–2002), printer and industrialist, was born on 17 January 1912 at 55 Bateman Street, Cambridge, the only son (there were three daughters) of Sir John Harold Clapham (1873–1946), economic historian, and his wife, Mary Margaret, née Green, daughter of a ...

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Cole, Peter (d. 1665), printer and bookseller, was the son of clothier Edward Cole, of Barfold, Suffolk. He was apprenticed to the London bookseller John Bellamy in October 1629, and on 11 January 1638 took his freedom, for which the minimum age was twenty-four. Initially a bookseller, ...

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Cruttwell, William (bap. 1741, d. 1804), printer and bookseller, was baptized on 12 May 1741 in Wokingham, Berkshire, the first of the eight children of William Cruttwell (1710–1768), barber, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1776). It is not known where he was educated but on 5 October 1756 he was apprenticed to ...

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John Day (1521/22–1584) by unknown engraver, 1562 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Day [Daye], John (1521/2–1584), printer and bookseller, may have been born in Dunwich, Suffolk. The capital investment that he brought to his work as a printer and publisher has led some to suppose that he came of a prosperous family, but this may equally be attributed to his business acumen, innovative spirit, and ruthless pursuit of pious opportunity. By 1540 he seems to have been in ...