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Davies, Sir Thomas (1631/2–1680), bookseller and lord mayor of London, was born between March 1631 and February 1632, one of the five children of John Davies (d. 1652) of Old Jewry in the City of London, merchant adventurer and member of the ...

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Abel Roper (bap. 1665, d. 1726) by George White (after Hans Hysing) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roper, Abel (bap. 1665, d. 1726), bookseller and political writer, was born at Atherstone, Warwickshire, the son of Isaac Roper, and was baptized at Mancetter on 13 September 1665. In 1677 he was adopted by his uncle, also Abel Roper, who from 1638 had published books at the ...

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Spence, Thomas (1750–1814), radical and bookseller, was born on the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on 21 June 1750. His father, Jeremiah Spence, had arrived in Newcastle from Aberdeen about 1739, while his mother, Margaret Flet, his father's second wife, came from the ...