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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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Andrewe, Laurence (fl. c. 1520–1530), printer and translator, describes himself in the prologue to his edition of the Hortus sanitatis ([1527]), as 'of the towne of Calis' (sig. Aiir). Andrewe published seven surviving works in London between 1527 and 1529 '...

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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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Baker, William (bap. 1742, d. 1785), printer and classical scholar, was baptized on 5 April 1742 at St Mary, Reading, the son of William Baker, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane, née Cox. His father had hoped for a career in the church for him, encouraged in this by ...

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John Thomas Bellows (1831–1902) by H. W. Watson, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bellows, John Thomas (1831–1902), printer, lexicographer, and archaeologist, born at Carthew House, Church Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, on 18 January 1831, was the elder of the two sons of William Lamb Bellows (1798–1877), schoolmaster, of Bere Regis, Dorset, and his wife, Hannah Stickland (1790–1874)...

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Bentley, Samuel (1785–1868), printer and antiquary, was born on 10 May 1785, the eldest surviving son of Edward Bentley (b. 1753), publisher and principal of the accountant's office at the Bank of England, and his wife, Anne Nichols, only sister of the printer and historian ...

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Blades, William (1824–1890), printer and bibliographer, was born on 5 December 1824, in Clapham, Surrey, the third son and the fifth of the nine children of Joseph Blades (c.1786–c.1860) and his wife, Grace Hainsworth (1792–1863). His parents were both English. His father and uncle were partners with ...

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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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Henry George Bohn (1796–1884) by Mayall © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bohn, Henry George (1796–1884), translator and publisher, was born on 4 January 1796 and baptized in London on 7 February, the first of four sons of John Henry Martin Bohn (c.1757–1843), of Münster, Westphalia, Germany, and Elizabeth Watt, niece of James Watt...

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Bohn, James George Stuart Burges (1803–1880), bookseller and bibliographer, was born on 20 December 1803 in London, the son of (John) Henry Martin Bohn (c.1757–1843), bookseller of London, and his wife, Elizabeth, niece of James Watt. The translator and publisher Henry George Bohn (1796–1884)...

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Buchan, Peter (1790–1854), folk-song collector, historian, and publisher, was born on 4 August 1790 at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Peter Buchan, a ships' pilot from Peterhead, and his wife, Janet Buchan of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire. On 20 June 1813 he married ...

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Samuel Buck (1696–1779) by Richard Houston, pubd 1774 (after Joseph Highmore) [Buck brothers [left to right]: and Nathaniel Buck (1724-1759)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buck, Samuel (1696–1779), topographical draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher, is usually said to have been born in Richmond, Yorkshire, though firm evidence of his birth place is lacking. Hauxwell, 4½ miles south of Richmond, has also been suggested. His father was living near ...

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Charles Cannan (1858–1919) by Gillman & Co., 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cannan, Charles (1858–1919), Aristotelian scholar and publisher, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on 2 August 1858, son of David Alexander Cannan (1820–1877), a building contractor of Kirkcudbrightshire, and his wife, Jane Dorothea Claude (1822–1861), a Sunday school teacher of Huguenot descent. His brother was the economist ...

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Carey, Gordon Vero (1886–1969), indexer and headmaster, was born on 9 October 1886 at the White House, Sible Hedingham, Essex, the youngest son of Francis Carey (1840–1911) and his wife, Elizabeth Harrowell (1852–1930/31). His eldest brother, (Francis) Clive Savill Carey (b. 1883), was director of ...