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Baker, William (bap. 1742, d. 1785), printer and classical scholar, was baptized on 5 April 1742 at St Mary, Reading, the son of William Baker, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane, née Cox. His father had hoped for a career in the church for him, encouraged in this by ...

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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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Charles Cannan (1858–1919) by Gillman & Co., 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnson, John de Monins (1882–1956), printer, ephemerist, and classical scholar, was born on 17 May 1882 at Kirmington, Lincolnshire, the second son and third child of the vicar, the Revd John Henry Johnson (1841–1938), and his wife, Anna Braithwaite, née Savory (1846–1928). He was educated at ...

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John de Monins Johnson (1882–1956) by Hubert Andrew Freeth, 1956 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Colin Henderson Roberts (1909–1990) by Walter Stoneman, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Ruddiman, Thomas (1674–1757), printer, classical scholar, and librarian, was born in October 1674 at Raggel, in the parish of Boyndie, Banffshire, one of at least three sons of James Ruddiman, a farmer and staunch royalist, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Simpson, a neighbouring farmer. He excelled in classical studies at ...

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Valpy, Abraham John (bap. 1786, d. 1854), classical scholar and printer, was born in Reading, Berkshire, where he was baptized at St Laurence's Church on 30 October 1786, the second son of Richard Valpy (1754–1836), a schoolmaster, and his second wife, Mary (1759/60–1816)...

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Abraham John Valpy (bap. 1786, d. 1854) by H. S. Turner, pubd 1831 (after Eden Upton Eddis, 1831) © National Portrait Gallery, London