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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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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, 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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Aggas, Edward (b. in or before 1549, d. 1625?), bookseller and publisher, was the son of Robert Aggas (d. in or before 1564), of Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, and probably related to Radulph Agas, who was a native of the same place. He was apprenticed to the ...

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Allde, John (b. in or before 1531, d. 1584), printer and bookseller, took up his freedom of the Stationers' Company in January 1555. He had been apprenticed to the bookseller Richard Kele until Kele's death in 1552, and was left 'fyve pounds...

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Allen, George (1832–1907), engraver and publisher, was born on 26 March 1832 at Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Allen, a publican, and his wife, Rebecca. He was educated at a private grammar school in Newark, and on his father's death in 1849 he was apprenticed for four years to an uncle (his mother's brother), a builder in ...

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George Allen (1832–1907) by Fred Yates, 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen [née Howse; other married name Chapman], Hannah (fl. 1632–1664), bookseller, was probably the daughter of Robert Howes, bookseller and bookbinder, and his wife, Anne, who baptized a daughter, Anne, on 26 December 1619 in St Botolph, Aldgate, London. She married the bookseller ...

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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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Alsop, Benjamin (b. c. 1658, d. in or before 1703), bookseller, was the only son of Vincent Alsop (bap. 1630, d. 1703), presbyterian minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin King of Oakham, Rutland. His father, who was married on 1 May 1657, lived and preached at ...

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Alston, Robin Carfrae (1933–2011), bibliographer and publisher, was born on 29 January 1933 in Maraval, Trinidad, the second son of Wilfred Louis Alston (1900–1993), businessman, and his wife, Margaret Louise, née MacKenzie (1900–1975). His father had also been born in Trinidad, and his mother in ...

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Andrews, William Eusebius (1773–1837), writer and publisher, was born at Norwich on 15 December 1773, the son of John (d. c.1796) and Helen Andrews (c.1729–1823), who were converts to Roman Catholicism. He began work as a printer's apprentice on the ...

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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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Applebee, John (c. 1690–1750), printer and bookseller, worked from premises a little below Brideway Bridge in Blackfriars, and then in Fleet Ditch from 1715 to 1724, and specialized in the lives of criminals and their dying speeches. Applebee printed the St James Evening Post, or, Nightly Pacquet...

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Archer, David Archer Alderson (1907–1971), bookseller and publisher, was born on 15 April 1907 in Havelet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, the only child of Samuel Francis Alderson Archer (1871–1957), a retired officer who had served in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, ...

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Arnold, Edward Augustus (1857–1942), publisher, was born on 15 July 1857 at Lemon Street, Kenwyn, Truro, Cornwall, the only child of Edward Penrose Arnold (1827–1878), inspector of schools, and Caroline Augusta, née Orlebar (1831–1860) of Hinwick, Bedfordshire. His grandfather was Dr Thomas Arnold (1795–1842)...

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