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Ford, William (1771–1832), bookseller and print dealer, was born in Manchester, the son of Ann and John Ford, a tin man, brazier, and brass-founder. He was baptized on 8 February 1772 in the Cannon Street Independent Chapel in Manchester, and educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Sams, Joseph (1784–1860), bookseller and dealer in antiquities, was born on 26 February 1784 at Wellington, Somerset, the son of Joseph Sams and his wife, Esther, both members of the Society of Friends. He was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, from 1794 to 1798, and was a teacher there from 1804 to 1810. He married at ...

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Smith, Joseph (fl. 1709–1731), printseller and art bookseller, is of unknown parentage and there is no record of his early life. His son Joland was apprenticed in 1721 and was therefore probably born about 1707. Shortly afterwards, in partnership with Henry Overton, David Mortier...