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H. R. Tedder

revised by Michael Bevan

Atkinson, James (1759–1839), surgeon and bibliographer, the son of a medical practitioner and friend of Laurence Sterne, received his medical education as a pupil of Henry Cline of St Thomas's Hospital, London, and attended the lectures of Thomas Denman, physician-accoucheur to the Middlesex Hospital...

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James Atkinson (1759–1839) by William Etty, 1832 York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)

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Richard Irvine Best (1872–1959) by John Butler Yeats, 1906 Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959), philologist and bibliographer, was born at 3 Bishop Street, Derry, on 17 January 1872, the son of Henry Best (who was of English descent), an excise officer, and his wife, Margaret Jane Irvine. He was educated at Foyle College...

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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Bracebridge [Brasbrigg], John (fl. c. 1420), priest and book collector, was a priest at the Bridgettine abbey of Syon, at Isleworth in Middlesex. He may be identifiable with the John Bracebrigge who was headmaster of Boston School from 1390, and of Lincoln School...

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Charite, William (1422–c. 1502), compiler of monastic records and prior of Leicester, embraced the religious life at the age of eighteen, in 1440 entering the large Augustinian abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester, where he was subsequently to become prior. By 1482, when the abbot and convent ordained an episcopal daily service in his honour, ...

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Cok [Coke], John (c. 1393–c. 1468), Augustinian canon and compiler of the cartulary of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, came of unknown parentage. Autobiographical interjections in his writings provide most information on his life and work, the main source being the cartulary, in which he states that it was 'Compiled and written by brother ...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Crestadoro, Andrea (1808–1879), bibliographer, was born at Genoa, son of John Baptista Crestadoro, and educated at the public school there. An industrious student, he proceeded (c.1825) to the University of Turin, where he graduated PhD, and soon after was appointed professor of natural philosophy. Here he published a ...

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Davies, Myles (b. 1662, d. in or after 1719), bibliographer, was born at Tre'r Abad, in the parish of Whitford, Flintshire, the son of George Davies and Elizabeth Blount. The family were Roman Catholics, and on 28 September 1686 Davies was admitted into the ...

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Getty, Sir (John) Paul (1932–2003), philanthropist and book collector, was born on 7 September 1932, aboard ship off Genoa, the third son of John Paul Getty (1892–1976), oil tycoon, and his fourth wife, Ann, daughter of Sam Rork, the Hollywood producer of such stars as ...

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Gregory [Gregory of Huntingdon] (fl. c. 1300), prior of Ramsey and book collector, held the priorate of the Benedictine abbey at Ramsey some time before the mid-fourteenth, and probably in the late thirteenth, century. He appears as a donor of books in his abbey's surviving catalogue, compiled in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. Copies of this are extant in two fragments (LPL, MS 585, pp. 661–2 and 663–4, and BL, Cotton MS Rolls II.16), which list at least sixteen volumes (the relationship between the entries for ...

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Holes, Andrew (d. 1470), ecclesiastical administrator and book collector, was a younger son of Sir Hugh Holes of Cheshire. A Winchester scholar in 1408, he had become a scholar of New College, Oxford, by 1412, holding a fellowship from 1414 to 1420. By 1428 he was a bachelor in both laws; he lectured in ...

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Jenner, Henry (1848–1934), librarian and promoter of the Cornish language, was born on 8 August 1848 at Union Hill, St Columb Major, Cornwall, the elder son and eldest of the six children of Henry Lascelles Jenner (1820–1898), curate of St Columb, and his wife, ...

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Kirkestede, Henry (b. c. 1314, d. in or after 1378), prior of Bury St Edmunds and bibliographer, was known to early modern biographers as Bostonus Buriensis or John Boston of Bury. Kirkestede came from the Bury dependency of Kirstead (‘Kirkestede’ and ‘Kerkestede’...

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Libri, Guglielmo [Count Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia] (1802–1869), scientist, book collector, and thief, was born on 2 January 1802 (or possibly 1803) in Florence, the son of Count Giorgio Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia (1781–1836) and Rosa del Rosso (c.1783–1849)...

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MacCarthy Reagh, Justin, Count MacCarthy in the French nobility (1744–1811), book collector, was born on 18 August 1744 at Springhouse, co. Tipperary, the son of Denis MacCarthy Reagh (1718–1761), landowner, of Springhouse and his wife, Christine French of Rahasane, co. Galway. The family estate of ...

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Panizzi, Sir Anthony [formerly Antonio Genesio Maria] (1797–1879), librarian, was born on 16 September 1797 at Brescello in the duchy of Modena (then part of the Cisalpine Republic). He was the first child and only son of Luigi Panizzi (1764–1845) and ...

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Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797–1879) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1847 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Poynter, Frederick Noël Lawrence (1908–1979), librarian and medical historian (known as Noël to family and friends), was born in London on 24 December 1908, the seventh of nine children of Herbert William Poynter and his wife, Margaret, née Gurry (1875/6–1924), originally from Cork...