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Bell, Andrew (1725/6–1809), engraver and publisher, was probably born in Edinburgh, the son of John Bell, a baker. He was apprenticed to Richard Cooper the elder and began his career modestly as an engraver of letters, names, and crests on plates and dog collars. One of his customers was the ...

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Black, Adam (1784–1874), publisher and politician, was born on 20 February 1784 at 7 Charles Street, Edinburgh, the second of the three sons of Charles Black (1755/6–1826), master builder, and his wife, Isabella Nicol (1757/8–1847) of Drygrange Farm near Melrose.

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Blackwood, William (1776–1834), publisher and founder of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, was born in Edinburgh on 20 November 1776, the second son of Alexander Blackwood (1736–1802), descended from a family of silk mercers, and Janet Drysdale. On finishing his formal education at the age of fourteen, ...

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Blackwood, William (1836–1912), literary editor and publisher, was born on 13 July 1836 at Lucknow, India, eldest son of Major William Blackwood (1810–1861) and Emma Moore. In 1842 he was sent back to the family home in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, to begin his education at the ...

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Dent, Joseph Malaby (1849–1926), publisher, was born at 3 Archer Street, Darlington, on 30 August 1849, the tenth child of George Dent, a house-painter, and his wife, Isabella, née Railton. Joseph Dent attended a Wesleyan school until the age of thirteen. He was briefly an apprentice printer, but proved so inept at that trade that he turned to bookbinding. ...

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Hone, William (1780–1842), political writer and publisher, was born on 3 June 1780 at Bath, the first child of William Hone (1755–1831) and his wife, Frances Maria Stawell (d. 1833).

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Unwin, Sir Stanley (1884–1968), publisher, was born on 19 December 1884 at Handen Road, Lee, south-east London, the youngest of the nine children of Edward Unwin (1840–1933), printer and the son of Jacob Unwin, the founder of the printing firm of Unwin Brothers...