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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) attrib. François Nicholas Mouchet, 1810–14 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ackermann, Rudolph (1764–1834), publisher, was born on 20 April 1764 at Stollberg, near Leipzig, in Saxony, the sixth child of Barthel Ackermann (1723–1798), a saddler, and his wife, Justina Scharschmidt (1732–1808). He was educated at the Latin school at Stollberg and then at ...

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Adams, Orion (1717?–1797), printer, baptized in Manchester Cathedral on 17 April 1720, was born in Manchester, probably in 1717, the son of Roger Adams (1681?–1741), printer of the Manchester Weekly Journal from 1719 to at least 1725 and from 1732 of the ...

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Adams, Roger (1681?–1741), printer and publisher, is thought to have been born at Chester, and may have served an apprenticeship to a member of the Chester Company of Painters, Glaziers, Embroiderers and Stationers, although there is no entry of his name in the minute books of that company. He did, however, become a freeman of the city of ...

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H. R. Tedder

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Adams, Thomas (b. in or before 1566, d. 1620), printer, son of Thomas Adams, yeoman, of Neen Savage, Shropshire, was apprenticed to Oliver Wilkes, stationer, on 29 September 1582 for seven years, and turned over to George Bishop on 14 October 1583 for the same period. He was admitted a freeman of the ...

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Aggas, Edward (b. in or before 1549, d. 1625?), bookseller and publisher, was the son of Robert Aggas (d. in or before 1564), of Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, and probably related to Radulph Agas, who was a native of the same place. He was apprenticed to the ...

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Allde [Alldee], Edward (1555x63–1627), printer, son of John Allde (d. 1584), printer, and his wife, Margaret (d. after 1603), was made free of the Stationers' Company by patrimony on 18 February 1584. His name appeared on book imprints from the year of his freedom, and he entered his first copy in the ...

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Allde, John (b. in or before 1531, d. 1584), printer and bookseller, took up his freedom of the Stationers' Company in January 1555. He had been apprenticed to the bookseller Richard Kele until Kele's death in 1552, and was left 'fyve pounds...

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George Allen (1832–1907) by Fred Yates, 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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E. T. Cook

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Allen, George (1832–1907), engraver and publisher, was born on 26 March 1832 at Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Allen, a publican, and his wife, Rebecca. He was educated at a private grammar school in Newark, and on his father's death in 1849 he was apprenticed for four years to an uncle (his mother's brother), a builder in ...

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Allen [née Howse; other married name Chapman], Hannah (fl. 1632–1664), bookseller, was probably the daughter of Robert Howes, bookseller and bookbinder, and his wife, Anne, who baptized a daughter, Anne, on 26 December 1619 in St Botolph, Aldgate, London. She married the bookseller ...

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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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Almon, John (1737–1805), bookseller and political journalist, was born on 17 December 1737 in Moore Street, Liverpool, to the Irish-born John Almon (b. 1706), seaman, and his wife, Isabella Thompson (d. 1744). Apprenticed to a Liverpool bookseller in March 1751, Almon...

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Alsop, Benjamin (b. c. 1658, d. in or before 1703), bookseller, was the only son of Vincent Alsop (bap. 1630, d. 1703), presbyterian minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin King of Oakham, Rutland. His father, who was married on 1 May 1657, lived and preached at ...

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Alston, Robin Carfrae (1933–2011), bibliographer and publisher, was born on 29 January 1933 in Maraval, Trinidad, the second son of Wilfred Louis Alston (1900–1993), businessman, and his wife, Margaret Louise, née MacKenzie (1900–1975). His father had also been born in Trinidad, and his mother in ...

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See Campbell [married names Anderson, Telfer], Agnes

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Anderton, William (1663–1693), printer, was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 29 September 1663, the son of William Anderton (d. 1671), a clothier (who claimed kinship with the Lancashire gentry Andertons), and his wife, Elizabeth (fl. 1660–1693), daughter of Maximilian Topham...

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Andrewe, Laurence (fl. c. 1520–1530), printer and translator, describes himself in the prologue to his edition of the Hortus sanitatis ([1527]), as 'of the towne of Calis' (sig. Aiir). Andrewe published seven surviving works in London between 1527 and 1529 '...