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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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Aspley, William (b. in or before 1573, d. 1640), bookseller, was born the son of William Aspley (d. 1574), vicar of Royston, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Jane (d. after 1640), who outlived her son. On 5 February 1588 he was apprenticed to the ...

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Aylmer, Brabazon (bap. 1645, d. in or after 1719), bookseller, was baptized on 7 December 1645 at St Mary's, Stoke Newington, Middlesex, the son of Anthony Aylmer (d. in or after 1661). His father was described as a gentleman of London in the apprentice records of the ...

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Bagford, John (1650/51–1716), bookseller and antiquary, was born in Fetter Lane, London, the son of John Bagford. Very little is known about his early life and family background. He was trained and worked as a shoemaker and wrote a little tract about this trade (...

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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnes, Joseph (1549/50–1618), bookseller and printer, was the son of Thomas Barnes, a husbandman of Long Wittenham, Berkshire. In 1562 he was apprenticed for ten years to Garbrand Harkes, a Dutch-born bookseller, vintner, and mercer in Oxford; Harkes was both a privileged member of the ...

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Beatniffe, Richard (bap. 1739, d. 1818), bookseller and printer, was born at Louth, Lincolnshire, and baptized at Holton-le-Clay on 13 September 1739, probably the son of Davenport Beatniffe and Jane Hardy. He was adopted and brought up by his uncle the Revd Samuel Beatniffe (1702–1781)...

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Bentley, Richard (bap. 1645, d. 1697), bookseller, was baptized on 18 December 1645 at Barton on the Heath, Warwickshire, the son of Thomas Bentley. Nothing further is known of his childhood or his parents' circumstances, but when Bentley was apprenticed for the term of eight years to ...

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Bishop, George (b. in or before 1538, d. 1610/11), bookseller, is of obscure origins, though there are good reasons to believe he came from Shropshire, given that three of his apprentices—including his kinsmen Thomas Adams and Edward Bishop—were Shropshire men, and that he later bought a farm in the county. He was apprenticed to ...

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Bonny, William (bap. 1657, d. 1719), printer and bookseller, was baptized on 22 June 1657 at Bath Abbey, the son of John Bonny, barber, and his wife, Alice. He was apprenticed to William Bowtell, draper of London, for seven years from 5 August 1674 and became a freeman of the ...

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Bourne, Nicholas (b. in or before 1584, d. 1660), bookseller, the son of Henry Bourne, a London cordwainer, was apprenticed on 25 March 1601 to the London printer Cuthbert Burby, who had a shop in Cornhill, near the Royal Exchange. Burby died before ...

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Brome, Henry (d. 1681), bookseller, was born probably in the early 1620s in Evershot, Dorset, perhaps the second of at least seven children of John Brome, of whom the eldest was Alexander Brome, the poet. The father was styled as a gentleman when ...

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Butter, Nathaniel (bap. 1583, d. 1664), bookseller, was baptized on 18 February 1583 at St Augustine, Watling Street, London, the son of Thomas Butter (c.1558–1590), also a bookseller, originally of Ludlow, Shropshire, and his wife, Joan. She carried on the business as his widow, as she did after the death of her second husband, the bookseller ...

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Cadell, Thomas, the elder (1742–1802), bookseller, was born in Bristol and baptized on 12 November 1742, the son of William Cadell and his wife, Mary. On 7 March 1758 he was apprenticed by his father to the eminent London bookseller and publisher Andrew Millar...

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Thomas Cadell the elder (1742–1802) by Henry Hoppner Meyer (after W. Evans, after Sir William Beechey) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter, an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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Chandler, Richard (b. in or before 1713, d. 1744), bookseller, was the son of Robert Chandler (b. c.1671, d. before 25 August 1726), periwig maker and freeman of the Barber–Surgeons' Company, of Carey Street, London, and probably Judith Angier (b...