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Allen, John (1789–1829), bookseller and antiquary, was born 'about' 27 July 1789, and baptized on 4 August 1789 at Hereford, the eldest son of John Allen (c.1754–1828), a leading bookseller in the city, and his wife, Mary (c...

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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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T. F. Henderson

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Cade, John (1734–1806), linen draper and antiquary, was born in January 1734 at Darlington, where he was educated at the free grammar school. He was employed by a wholesale linen draper in London; within a few years he was in charge of the counting-house, and subsequently became a partner at the ...

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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter, an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by Francis Russell

Christie, James (1773–1831), antiquary and auctioneer, eldest son of James Christie (1730–1803), was born in Pall Mall in 1773. He was educated at Eton College and was intended for the church, but joined the family firm and directed it after his father's death in 1803. In addition to an active life as an auctioneer, ...

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Clarke, James (1797/8–1861), antiquary and shopkeeper, was born at Bedingfield, Suffolk, and was baptized there on 27 May 1798. He was the son of William Clarke and his wife, Mary Cook. He became a grocer and draper, with premises facing the gates of the ...

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Cole, John (1792–1848), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 3 October 1792 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire. He was of unknown parentage, and was apprenticed to William Birdsall, a bookseller in Northampton. In 1809 he began compiling material for a history of Northampton; the work was published by ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by John Martin

Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...

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Dyer, Gilbert (bap. 1743, d. 1820), antiquary and bookseller, was born at Dunstone in the parish of Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, and baptized on 14 September 1743. He was the son of Gilbert Dyer, schoolmaster (d. 1809), and his wife, Mary...

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Hinton, Henry (bap. 1749, d. 1816), ironmonger and antiquary, was baptized on 28 May 1749 at Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, the fourth child and first surviving son of John Hinton (d. 1756) and his wife, Rebecca. He was apprenticed to an Oxford ironmonger, and took over his late master's shop in ...

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Thomas Miller (1731–1804) by Edward Scriven (after Henry Edridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Roche, James (1770–1853), wine merchant, banker, and antiquary, was born in Cork on 30 December 1770, the third son of Stephen Roche and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John O'Brien of Moyvanine and Glounties, Limerick. From the age of fifteen, Roche was educated in ...

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Stark, Adam (1784–1867), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 24 February 1784 in Edinburgh. His parentage has not been established. According to his great-grandson he attended Edinburgh high school, and in 1803 or 1804 went into partnership with his cousin John Stark as a printer and bookseller in ...

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Washbourn, John (1792–1847), bookseller and antiquary, son of John Washbourn (1761–1829) and his wife, Mary Careless (d. 1833), was born in Gloucester on 2 May 1792. His father, a member of a family long connected with the Unitarian chapel in ...

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West, William (1770–1854), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 23 October 1770 at Whaddon, Surrey, into a family of eleven children. While the identity of his parents remains unknown, it is understood that his father's side of the family had a long heritage of agricultural pursuits with ...