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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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Benjamin Aislabie (1774–1842) by Henry Edward Dawe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie, soap and wine merchant of Newington Green, and his wife, Frances Rayson, of Dunham, Nottinghamshire...

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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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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.1754–1827), daughter of ...

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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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Alsop [Alsopp], Thomas (d. 1558), apothecary, is thought to have been connected with the Alsop family of Alsop (now Alsop-en-le-Dale) chapelry in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, but his parentage remains unknown; and, although Alsops from Alsop were living in London during the sixteenth century, no link with ...

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Anderson, John (1817–1892), warehouseman and department store owner, was born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, the son of Peter Anderson, a carrier, and his wife, Margaret. His parents died when he was young, and Anderson became an apprentice draper in Perth. After failing to recover his savings of ...

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Anstie, John (1743–1830), clothier, was born on 7 September 1743 in Devizes, the eldest son of John Anstie (1698–1779), grocer and snuff maker, and his third wife, Mary (née Sharpe). He was baptized at Devizes Baptist Church, and later became a prominent member of the congregation. On 4 April 1780 he married ...

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Applebee, John (c. 1690–1750), printer and bookseller, worked from premises a little below Brideway Bridge in Blackfriars, and then in Fleet Ditch from 1715 to 1724, and specialized in the lives of criminals and their dying speeches. Applebee printed the St James Evening Post, or, Nightly Pacquet...

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Archer, David Archer Alderson (1907–1971), bookseller and publisher, was born on 15 April 1907 in Havelet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, the only child of Samuel Francis Alderson Archer (1871–1957), a retired officer who had served in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, ...

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Arthur, James (1819–1885), clothing retailer and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1819 in Arthurlie, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, one of the two sons of Matthew Arthur (b. 1795), a bleachworks proprietor near Neilston, Renfrewshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Fraser. In 1837, after serving a brief apprenticeship in a draper's shop in ...

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Ashe, John (1597–1659), clothier and parliamentarian activist, was born in Westcombe, Somerset, the eldest son of James Ashe (d. 1646), clothier, and his wife, Grace Pitt, daughter of Richard Pitt of Weymouth. He was baptized at Batcombe, in the same county, on 27 October 1597. He married ...