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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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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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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

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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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Cadell, Thomas, the elder (1742–1802), bookseller, was born in Bristol and baptized on 12 November 1742, the son of William Cadell and his wife, Mary. On 7 March 1758 he was apprenticed by his father to the eminent London bookseller and publisher Andrew Millar...

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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 ...

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Dobell, Bertram (1842–1914), bookseller and literary scholar, was born on 9 January 1842 at Battle, Sussex, the eldest son of Edward Dobell, a journeyman tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Eldridge (d. 1899). The family moved to London, where Edward Dobell was stricken with paralysis. In the ...

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Dodsley, Robert (1704–1764), bookseller and writer, was born on 13 February 1704 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the eldest of seven children of Robert Dodsley (bap. 1681, d. 1750), a master of the free school in Mansfield, and his first wife. Robert's early efforts at poetry suggest that he learned something of the art from his schoolmaster father, as well as a smattering of major authors, both classical and contemporary. However, in a practical-minded move, his father apprenticed ...

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Foulis, Robert (1707–1776), printer and bookseller, was born in Glasgow on 20 April 1707, the son of Andrew Faulls (Faulds; c.1690–1742), maltman of Glasgow, and Marion Paterson. He was brought up in Glasgow, and was apprenticed there to Alexander Leggatt, barber, in 1720, and in 1727 was made free as maltman, barber, and wigmaker. In 1730 he matriculated at ...

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Galignani, (John) Anthony (1796–1873), bookseller and publisher, and his partner, William Galignani (1798–1882), were the two eldest sons of Giovanni Antonio Galignani (1757–1821), a bookseller and publisher presumably born in Brescia, and his wife, Anne Parsons (1776–1822), the daughter of a ...

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Hatchard, John (1768–1849), publisher and bookseller, was born on 17 October 1768. He is thought to have been the youngest among the three sons of Thomas Hatchard and Sarah Clarke, of St Margaret's, Westminster. Educated at Grey Coat Hospital, on 7 January 1782 ...

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Hutton, James (1715–1795), Moravian minister and bookseller, was born on 3 September 1715 in College Street, Westminster, the son of John Hutton (bap. 1676, d. 1750), a nonjuring clergyman who took in Westminster School boarders, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ayscough (...

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Johnson, Joseph (1738–1809), bookseller, was born on 15 November 1738 at Everton, near Liverpool, the second of two sons of John Johnson, a Baptist landowner and businessman who came to Everton from Cheshire in 1733. Johnson left for London in 1752, where two years later on 12 February 1754 he was apprenticed to ...

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Lackington, James (1746–1815), bookseller and publisher, was born in Wellington, Somerset, on 31 August 1746, the eldest of the eleven children of George Lackington, a journeyman shoemaker, and his wife, Joan Trott, the daughter of a poor weaver in Wellington. James's early life owed little to his father, who was a drunkard, and he claimed to be indebted to his mother for everything. He received only a few years' schooling because the family was unable to afford it, and ...

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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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Monro, Harold Edward (1879–1932), poet and bookseller, was born on 14 March 1879 at 137 chaussée de Charleroi, St Gilles, Brussels, the youngest of the three surviving children of Edward William Monro (1848–1889), civil engineer, and his wife and first cousin, Arabel Sophia (1849–1926)...

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Nicholson, John (1729/30–1796), bookseller, was born at Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, the son of a farmer; he was perhaps John, the son of Edward and Mary Nickols (or Nichols), who was baptized at Mountsorrel on 19 April 1730. Nicholson was said originally to have been a staymaker. On 28 May 1752 he married ...

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Payne, Thomas (1716x18–1799), bookseller and publisher, was baptized on 26 May 1719 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, the younger son of Olive or Oliver Payne, and his wife, Martha. His obituary and epitaph (GM, 1799) variously describe him as being in his eighty-second year and aged eighty-two at the time of his death suggesting that he was born between 1716 and 1718. From ...

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Quaritch, Bernard Alexander Christian (1819–1899), bookseller and publisher, was born on 23 April 1819 at Worbis, a village in Thuringia, Germany. He was the eldest of five children of Karl Gottfried Bernhard Quaritsch (1795–1828), a man probably of Croatian extraction who was a fusilier in the Prussian army and a veteran of ...

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H. R. Tedder

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Rodd, Thomas, the elder (1763–1822), bookseller, was born on 17 February 1763 in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, the son of Charles Rodd, merchant, of Liverpool (fl. 1745–1780). His mother may have been Charlotte Naish. He was educated at Charterhouse School (1772–8) and in ...