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Ackermann, Rudolph (1764–1834), publisher, was born on 20 April 1764 at Stollberg, near Leipzig, in Saxony, the sixth child of Barthel Ackermann (1723–1798), a saddler, and his wife, Justina Scharschmidt (1732–1808). He was educated at the Latin school at Stollberg and then at ...

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E. T. Cook

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Allen, George (1832–1907), engraver and publisher, was born on 26 March 1832 at Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Allen, a publican, and his wife, Rebecca. He was educated at a private grammar school in Newark, and on his father's death in 1849 he was apprenticed for four years to an uncle (his mother's brother), a builder in ...

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Arrowsmith, Aaron, the elder (1750–1823), cartographer and map publisher, was born on 14 July 1750 at Winston, co. Durham, the son of John and Mary Arrowsmith. His father died when Aaron was young and his mother then married a wastrel who reduced the family fortune. ...

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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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Baker, Harold Brooks Brooks- (1933–2005), publisher, was born Harold Brooks Baker in Washington, DC, USA, on 16 November 1933, the son of Charles Silas Baker (1888–1943), head of the law firm of Baker, Beedy, and Magee, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Lambert. As a child he contracted polio and nearly died; he never recovered from the physical effects of his illness, and in his final years was confined to a wheelchair. For two years he languished in a sanatorium in ...

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Ballantyne, John (1774–1821), publisher and literary agent, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, on 13 May 1774, the second of three children of John Ballantyne (1743–1817), general merchant, and Jean (1745?–1818), daughter of James Barclay, rector of Dalkeith high school, and his wife, ...

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Batsford, Bradley Thomas (1821–1904), bookseller and publisher, was born in Hertford, the fifth of the nine children of James Batsford (1791–1835), a tailor, and his wife, Mary, née Bradley. When his father died he left for London, where he lived with his cousins above their ...

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Batsford, Henry George [Harry] (1880–1951), publisher and author, was born at 37 Cold Harbour Lane, London, on 18 April 1880, the only son of Henry George Batsford (b. 1851), publisher and bookseller, who died two years later, and his wife, Matilda, daughter of ...

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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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Benn, Sir Ernest John Pickstone, second baronet (1875–1954), publisher and libertarian, was born in Ferncliffe Road, Hackney, London, on 25 June 1875, the eldest child of the four sons and two daughters of Sir John Williams Benn, first baronet (1850–1922), publisher and Liberal member of ...

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Benn, Sir John Williams, first baronet (1850–1922), publisher and politician, was born at Hyde, Cheshire, on 13 November 1850, the eldest child of the Revd Julius Benn (1826–1883), Congregational minister, and his wife, Ann Taylor (d. 1890). The family settled in Stepney...

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Bentley, Richard (1794–1871), printer and publisher, was born near Fleet Street in London on 24 October 1794, the youngest but one of the children of Edward Bentley (b. 1753), publisher and principal of the accountant's office in the Bank of England, and ...

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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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Blackwell, Sir Basil Henry (1889–1984), bookseller and publisher, was born on 29 May 1889, at Blackwell's bookshop, 51 Broad Street, Oxford, the only son and younger child of Benjamin Henry Blackwell (1849–1924), bookseller, and his wife, Lydia (Lilla) (1848–1928), daughter of John Taylor...

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John Brown

revised by Clare L. Taylor

Blackwell, Richard (1918–1980), bookseller and publisher, was born on 5 January 1918 at 1 Frenchay Road, Oxford, the eldest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Sir Basil Henry Blackwell (1889–1984), bookseller, and his wife, Marion Christine (1888/9–1977), daughter of ...

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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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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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Boydell, John (1720–1804), engraver and printseller, the eldest of the seven children of Josiah Boydell (1691–1757?), surveyor and land steward, and his wife, Mary (1693/4–1777), was born at Dorrington in Shropshire on 19 January 1720. Like other men of his day he was disinclined to lose a year of his life to the change in calendar, and so always gave the year of his birth in old style, as 1719....

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher, was born on 15 February 1901 at Church Street, Templemore, co. Tipperary, the second son and third of the four children of Joseph Kevin Bracken (1852–1904), builder and monumental mason, and his second wife, ...