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Colomiès, Paul (1638–1692), writer and librarian, was born on 2 December 1638 at La Rochelle, France, the son of Jean Colomiès, a doctor at La Rochelle. His family came from Béarn, but his grandfather Jérome was a minister of the Reformed church at ...

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Crossley, James (1800–1883), writer and book collector, was born on 31 March 1800 at The Mount, Halifax, the second son of James Crossley (1767–1831), a merchant in the wool manufacturing trade, and his wife, Anne (1772–1813), daughter of William Greenup, a merchant. He received a grounding in classical literature at the grammar schools of ...

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Daniel, George [pseud. P— P—] (1789–1864), writer and book collector, was born on 16 September 1789 and descended from Paul Danieli, a Huguenot who settled in England in the seventeenth century. His father died when he was eight. Educated at Thomas Hogg's boarding-school...

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Jeaffreson, John Cordy (1831–1901), writer and archivist, was born at Framlingham, Suffolk, on 14 January 1831, the second son and ninth child of William Jeaffreson (1790–1865), surgeon, and his wife, Caroline, née Edwards (1795–1863). He was named after his mother's uncle, John Cordy (1762–1828)...

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Mason, George (1735–1806), writer and book collector, was baptized on 17 September 1735 at St Alban, Wood Street, London, the second son and fourth child of John Mason (1686–1753/4), a wealthy malt distiller in Deptford, who on 23 February 1728 had married Amelia (...

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Alphonse James Albert Symons (1900–1941) by Wyndham Lewis, 1932 © Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Symons, Alphonse James Albert (1900–1941), book collector and writer, was born on 16 August 1900 in Battersea, London, the eldest in the family of four sons and one daughter of Maurice (or Morris) Albert Symons (d. 1929), auctioneer, a Jewish immigrant from ...

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Taylor, John (1829–1893), author and librarian, born on 12 September 1829 at 15 (later 32) Berkeley Place, Clifton, Bristol, was the eldest son of John Taylor, ironmonger, and his wife, Ann Ackland. After leaving school he assisted his father in his business, but found time for much private study. During 1858–9 he contributed to the ...