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Blount [Blunt], Edward (bap. 1562, d. in or before 1632), bookseller and translator, was baptized on 31 January 1562 in the parish of St Laurence Pountney, London, probably the sixth of eight known children of Ralph (Rafe) Blount (Blunt or Blonte; d. 1571)...

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Channing, John (c. 1703–1775), apothecary and Arabist, was born in London, the first child of John Channing (d. 1725), a London apothecary, and his first wife, Elizabeth (d. 1705), daughter of Robert Erle of Sturminster Marshall, Dorset. Channing was apprenticed to his father on 5 August 1718, and was made a freeman of the ...

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Collyer, Joseph, the elder (1714/15–1776), translator and bookseller, was probably the son of Joseph Collyer (d. 1724), a bookseller and treasurer of the Stationers' Company. He married Mary Mitchell [see Collyer, Mary (1716/-1762)], who was also a translator and novelist; their son, ...

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Gili, John Louis (1907–1998), bookseller, publisher, and Catalan scholar, was born Joan Lluís Gili i Serra on 10 February 1907 in Barcelona, the son of Lluís Gili Roig (1882–1957), bookseller and publisher, and his wife, Victoria Serra Sunyol. He was thus a scion of a publishing house founded by ...

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Godwin [formerly Clairmont; née de Vial], Mary Jane (1768–1841), translator and bookseller, was probably the daughter of Peter de Vial, a merchant of Exeter, who apparently died bankrupt in 1791, and his first wife, Mary, née Tremlett (1740–1774). Her parents also had at least two other daughters and one son. Very little is known about her life until 1801, at which time, under the name ...

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Gough, John (d. 1543/4), bookseller and translator, first appears in 1523 as a bookseller in the parish of St Bride's, Fleet Street, London. He was associated with the printer Wynkyn de Worde, and was both an overseer and a significant beneficiary of de Worde's...

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Jacobi, Johann Christian (1670?–1750), bookseller and translator, was born in Germany. He studied at the University of Halle, probably in the 1690s, where he became closely associated with August Hermann Francke, the leading figure of the pietist reform movement within contemporary German Lutheranism, and his circle. Although his motivation in coming to ...

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Martin [née Eccleston], Dorcas, Lady Martin (1536/7–1599), translator and bookseller, was probably the daughter of John Eccleston, grocer, of Cheapside and Tottenham, who may have moved to London from Lancashire (on her monument, Dorcas is described as the daughter of John Eccleston...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Andrew M. Hill

Scarlett, Nathaniel (1753–1802), bookseller and translator, was born on 28 September 1753, the son of Bartholomew Scarlett and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at Kingswood School, Wiltshire, and from 1767 at Merchant Taylors' School, London. Originally apprenticed as a shipwright, he was afterwards an accountant and projected the ...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by R. S. Simpson

Upham, Edward (1776–1834), bookseller and orientalist, the third son of Charles Upham (1739–1807), mayor of Exeter in 1796, was born at Exeter. He made a career as a bookseller in Exeter; his brother John carried on a similar business in Bath. Upham became a member of the corporation, was sheriff in 1807, and mayor of ...