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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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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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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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Angier [Angiers], Paul (1723–1757), engraver and printseller, was born on 27 November 1723 and baptized in Southwark, London, on 3 December, the son of William Angier (d. 1729), a draper of Cheapside, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1739 he was apprenticed to the engraver and printseller ...

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Aaron Arrowsmith the elder (1750–1823) by T. A. Dean, pubd 1825 (after Henry William Pickersgill) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arrowsmith, Aaron, the elder (1750–1823), cartographer and map publisher, was born on 14 July 1750 at Winston, co. Durham, the son of John and Mary Arrowsmith. His father died when Aaron was young and his mother then married a wastrel who reduced the family fortune. ...

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Arrowsmith, John (1790–1873), cartographer and map publisher, was born on 23 April 1790 on a farm in Winston, co. Durham, the son of Thomas Arrowsmith of an old-established family. With limited education, he arrived in London on 14 February 1810 where he learnt map making, engraving, and printing under his uncle ...

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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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Awdely [Awdeley; alias Sampson], John (b. in or before 1532, d. 1575), printer and writer, was the younger son of Sampson Awdelie (d. 1559/60), verger of Westminster Abbey. He was a king's scholar at Westminster School between 1542 and 1544, and was made free of 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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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Bagster, Samuel, the elder (1772–1851), publisher and author, was born in Eagle Street, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, on 26 December 1772, the second eldest of the five sons and two daughters of George Bagster (1739–1819), a businessman, and his wife, Mary, née...