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date: 05 December 2020

Cape, Herbert Jonathanlocked

(1879–1960)
  • Rupert Hart-Davis

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Cape, Herbert Jonathan(1879–1960), publisher, was born in London 15 November 1879, the youngest of the seven children of Jonathan Cape, builder's clerk of Cumbrian origin, and his wife, Caroline Page. He received little formal education, and at the age of sixteen he started his career as an errand-boy for Hatchard's bookshop in Piccadilly, at a wage of twelve shillings a week. Four years later, in 1899, he joined the English house of the American publishers Harper & Brothers, where he worked as a travelling salesman, first in the provinces and later in London. In 1904 he moved to the English publisher Gerald Duckworth as London traveller, and later became manager....

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