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Ames, Joseph (bap. 1687, d. 1759), bibliographer and antiquary  

Robin Myers

Ames, Joseph (bap. 1687, d. 1759), bibliographer and antiquary, was born of a seafaring family in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and baptized there on 20 June 1687. He was the son of John Ames (1651–1699?), master in the merchant service, and his wife, Esther (...

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Ashbee, Henry Spencer [pseud. Pisanus Fraxi] (1834–1900), book collector and bibliographer  

David Chambers

Ashbee, Henry Spencer [pseud. Pisanus Fraxi] (1834–1900), book collector and bibliographer, was born on 21 April 1834 at 24 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, the only child of Robert Ashbee (1804–1867), manager of the Curtis and Harvey gunpowder mills, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, ...

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Ashbee, Henry Spencer (1834–1900)  

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Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834–1900) by H. T. Reed, 1889 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Atkinson, James (1759–1839), surgeon and bibliographer  

H. R. Tedder

revised by Michael Bevan

Atkinson, James (1759–1839), surgeon and bibliographer, the son of a medical practitioner and friend of Laurence Sterne, received his medical education as a pupil of Henry Cline of St Thomas's Hospital, London, and attended the lectures of Thomas Denman, physician-accoucheur to the Middlesex Hospital...

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Atkinson, James (1759–1839)  

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James Atkinson (1759–1839) by William Etty, 1832 York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)

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Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959), philologist and bibliographer  

Rolf Baumgarten

Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959), philologist and bibliographer, was born at 3 Bishop Street, Derry, on 17 January 1872, the son of Henry Best (who was of English descent), an excise officer, and his wife, Margaret Jane Irvine. He was educated at Foyle College...

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Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959)  

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Richard Irvine Best (1872–1959) by John Butler Yeats, 1906 Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Besterman, Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel (1904–1976), psychical researcher and bibliographer  

Giles Barber

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Besterman, Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel (1904–1976), psychical researcher and bibliographer, was born on 22 November 1904 in Łódź, Poland, and named Nataniel. He was the second son (there were no daughters) of Benjamin J. N. Besterman, diamond merchant, and his wife, Golda Augusta Krengiel...

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Blades, William (1824–1890), printer and bibliographer  

Robin Myers

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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Bloomfield, Barry Cambray (1931–2002), librarian and bibliographer  

Robin Myers

Bloomfield, Barry Cambray (1931–2002), librarian and bibliographer, was born at 197 Church Road, Manor Park, East Ham, London, on 1 June 1931, the eldest of three children and the only son of Clifford Wilson Bloomfield, a dental technician, and his wife, Eileen Elizabeth, ...

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Boase, George Clement (1829–1897)  

Maker: J. Howie

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George Clement Boase (1829–1897) by J. Howie, pubd 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boase, George Clement (1829–1897), bibliographer  

W. P. Courtney

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Boase, George Clement (1829–1897), bibliographer, born at Chapel Street, Penzance, on 20 October 1829, was the second son of John Josias Arthur Boase (1801–1896), a banker, and his wife, Charlotte (1802–1873), daughter of Robert Sholl of Truro. Charles William Boase and Frederic Boase...

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Bohn, James George Stuart Burges (1803–1880), bookseller and bibliographer  

G. C. Boase

revised by Leslie Howsam

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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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller  

Alan Bell

Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter (1871–1934), an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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Crowe, William (1616–1675), bibliographer and schoolmaster  

Simon Lancaster

Crowe, William (1616–1675), bibliographer and schoolmaster, was born at Mutford, Suffolk, and baptized there on 3 October 1616, the eldest son of William Crow (1576–1633), son of Christopher Crow, gentleman, and his wife, Margarett, daughter of James Taylor, prebendary of Ely. His father had been a senior fellow of ...

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Darling, James (1797–1862), bookseller and bibliographer  

Leslie Howsam

Darling, James (1797–1862), bookseller and bibliographer, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh publisher Adam Black in 1809 and became active in the Scottish Presbyterian church. On moving to London in 1818, Darling entered the theological bookselling business of Ogle, Duncan, and Cochran...

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Davidson, James (1793–1864), antiquary and bibliographer lawyer  

W. P. Courtney

revised by Ian Maxted

Davidson, James (1793–1864), antiquary and bibliographer, was the eldest son of James Davidson (b. c.1748, d. after 1802) of Tower Hill, London, a stationer and printer and deputy lieutenant of the Tower, and Ann, his wife, only daughter of William Sawyer...

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Davies, Myles (b. 1662, d. in or after 1719), bibliographer  

R. Julian Roberts

Davies, Myles (b. 1662, d. in or after 1719), bibliographer, was born at Tre'r Abad, in the parish of Whitford, Flintshire, the son of George Davies and Elizabeth Blount. The family were Roman Catholics, and on 28 September 1686 Davies was admitted into the ...

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Dibdin, Thomas Frognall (1776–1847)  

Maker: William Behnes

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Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776–1847) by William Behnes © Copyright The British Museum

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Dibdin, Thomas Frognall (1776–1847), bibliographer  

John V. Richardson Jr.

Dibdin, Thomas Frognall (1776–1847), bibliographer, was born in Calcutta, India, and baptized there on 31 August 1776, the elder son of Thomas Dibdin (c.1731–1780), naval captain and later merchant venturer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Compton (d. c.1780). When he was about the age of four both his parents died: his father on his way to ...