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Chapman, Livewell (fl. 1643–1665), bookseller and Fifth Monarchist, was the son of Edward Chapman, a London scrivener. His father had died by the time he was apprenticed in the London Stationers' Company, on 6 November 1643, to Benjamin Allen, bookseller. After Allen's death in 1646 he continued his apprenticeship in ...

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Churchill, Awnsham (1658–1728), bookseller and politician, was born on 2 May 1658 in the parish of St Peter's, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of William Churchill (1628–1706), of Dorchester, who was also a bookseller, and Elizabeth Awnsham (d. 1714). He was apprenticed in 1676 to ...

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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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Leslie, Alexander (fl. 1796–1798), radical bookseller and publisher, was born in Jedburgh, moving to Edinburgh some time before 1796. Before becoming Bookseller to the Rabble, as he liked to describe himself, he was apprenticed in Edinburgh, possibly to one Andrew Leslie, shoemaker. Leslie...

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Rickman, Thomas Clio (1761–1834), bookseller and reformer, was born on 27 July 1761 at The Cliffe, Lewes, the son of John Rickman and his wife, Elizabeth, née Peters. Both parents were Quakers and intended their son to enter the medical profession. Accordingly he was apprenticed to an uncle who practised as a doctor in ...

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

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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 ...