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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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Bohn, Henry George (1796–1884), translator and publisher, was born on 4 January 1796 and baptized in London on 7 February, the first of four sons of John Henry Martin Bohn (c.1757–1843), of Münster, Westphalia, Germany, and Elizabeth Watt, niece of James Watt...

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Buck, Samuel (1696–1779), topographical draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher, is usually said to have been born in Richmond, Yorkshire, though firm evidence of his birth place is lacking. Hauxwell, 4½ miles south of Richmond, has also been suggested. His father was living near ...

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Cannan, Charles (1858–1919), Aristotelian scholar and publisher, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on 2 August 1858, son of David Alexander Cannan (1820–1877), a building contractor of Kirkcudbrightshire, and his wife, Jane Dorothea Claude (1822–1861), a Sunday school teacher of Huguenot descent. His brother was the economist ...

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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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Johnston, (Alexander) Keith, the younger (1844–1879), geographer and map publisher, was the only son of (Alexander) Keith Johnston, the elder (1804–1871), and Margaret, daughter of Robert Gray of Edinburgh. He was born in Edinburgh on 24 November 1844, was educated at the Edinburgh Institution...

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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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Norrington, Sir Arthur Lionel Pugh (1899–1982), publisher and university administrator, was born on 27 October 1899 at Normandy Villa, Godstone Road, Kenley, Croydon, Surrey, the only son and elder child of Arthur James Norrington, an iron merchant in the City of London, and his wife, ...

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Ogilby, John (1600–1676), publisher and geographer, was born on 17 November 1600 at 'Kellemeane', near Dundee, Forfarshire. Nothing is known either of his parents or of his early education, and even the date of his birth is known only from later statements by ...

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Roberts, Colin Henderson (1909–1990), classical scholar and publisher, was born on 8 June 1909 in Queen Elizabeth Walk, Stoke Newington, London, the second son and second of five children (four sons and one daughter) of Robert Lewis Roberts, the head of a family building firm founded in the previous generation, and his wife, ...

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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 Goodred (1722–1782). 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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Williams, Sir William Emrys (1896–1977), educationist and publisher, was born at 16 Raglan Street, south Manchester, on 5 October 1896, the only son and second of the four children (of whom the two youngest died in childhood) of Thomas Owen Williams, a journeyman joiner, and his wife, ...