BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS OF FRIENDS' BOOKS UP TO 1750. A supplement to Plomer's Dictionary

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/eb026113
Publication Date01 Mar 1947
Pages107-125
AuthorR.S. MORTIMER
SubjectInformation & knowledge management,Library & information science
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF PRINTERS AND
PUBLISHERS OF FRIENDS' BOOKS UP TO 1750
A supplement to Plomer's Dictionary
by R. S. MORTIMER
Assistant
Librarian,
British Library of Political
and
Economic Science
IT
is now forty years since there appeared H. R. Plomer's first volume
Dictionary of
the
booksellers
and
printers who were at work in
England,
Scotland
and Ireland from 1641 to 1667. This has been followed by additional
Bibliographical Society publications covering similarly the years up to
1775.1
From the short sketches given in this
series,
indicating changes of imprint and
type of work undertaken, scholars working with English books issued before
the closing years of the eighteenth century have had great assistance in dating
the undated and in determining the colour and calibre of any work before it
is consulted.
A study of Quaker history during the first century of its development has
revealed unnoticed booksellers as well as some deficiencies and inaccuracies
in the published facts which should be recorded. Looking forward to a more
complete Dictionary when the accumulation of additional material shall make
it necessary, the notes which follow are intended to provide the new entries
and significant additions to present entries which Quaker material can offer.2
1 The works in question are:
PIOMER (HENRY ROBERT),
A dictionary of the booksellers and printers who were at work in
England, Scotland and Ireland from 1641 to 1667. London, Bibliographical Society, 1907.
——A dictionary of printers and booksellers who were at work in England, Scotland and
Ireland from 1668 to 1725; by Henry R. Plomer, with the help of H. G. Aldis, E. R. McC.
Dix, G.J. Gray, and R.
B.
McKerrow. Edited by Arundell
Esdaile.
London, Bibliographical
Society, 1922.
——A dictionary of the printers and booksellers who were at work in England, Scotland and
Ireland from
1726
to
1775:
those in England by H. R. Plomer—Scotland by G. H. Bushnell
Ireland by E. R. McC. Dix. London, Bibliographical Society, 1932 (for 1930).
2 Some anti-Quaker items have provided information, but this adverse field has not been
exhausted. The main bibliographical source for any study of Friends' books is still:
SMITH (JOSEPH),
A descriptive catalogue of
Friends'
books, or books written by members of
the Society of
Friends,
commonly called Quakers, from their first rise to the present time.
2 vols. London, J. Smith, 1867.
——Supplement. London, E. Hicks, 1893.
Further reference may be made to the following works, in none of which is the information
given complete:
ANDREWS (CHARLES
M.), The Quakers in London and their printers there. (Essay no. 11,
pp.
191-208 in Byways in
Quaker
history:
a
collection
of
historical essays
by
colleagues
and friends
of
William
I.
Hull.
Edited
by Howard H. Brinton. Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pa., 1944.)
ANTIQUARIAN
researches among the early printers and publishers of Friends' books. Extracted
from the
American
Friend,
published in Philadelphia. Manchester, J. Harrison, 1844.
LITTLEBOY (ANNA
L.), A history of the Friends' Reference Library, with notes on early printers
and printing in the Society of Friends; being the presidential address of the Friends' Historical
Society for the year 1920. London, Offices of the Society of Friends, 1921.
Mure (P. H.), English imprints after 1640. (The
Library,
4th series, vol. xiv, pp. 157-77.)
Gives particular attention to the Sowle press.
108 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF PRINTERS AND
Aiming to supplement Plomer's works, the notes have been compiled on the
same plan as his Dictionary, and reference has been made to the volume and
page of that work in which any previous notice has appeared. Dates and
scope of activity on behalf of Friends are indicated, and in some cases reference
is made to individual works produced for them.
ADY
(JOHN), comb-maker in London, over against the South Sea House, 1738.
Known only as bookseller from a volume of
Sermons
of
several
of
the
people called
Quakers,
taken in
short
hand.
ADY
(JOSEPH), in Marshall Street, the Bank-side, Southwark, 1738. Known only
from the above work which he probably edited.
ALEXANDER (JOHN), bookseller in London (?), 1682. See Plomer, Dictionary,
1668-1725. 3; known only from the work there quoted; not traced as of
Bristol.
ASHBURNER (THOMAS), Kendal, 1741. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1726-75. 8.
AUSTEN
(STEPHEN),
London, 1742. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1726-75. 10.
AYLMER (BRABAZON), London, 1696-1716. Sold many of George Keith's works
and other pamphlets against Friends. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1668-1725. 11.
B.
(A.), bookseller in London, near Chancery Lane, 1699. Known only from A
Farewell
Sermon,
preached
by Mr. William Penn.
B.
(J.), printer and bookseller in London, 1659. Issued works by Roger Crabb.
B.
(J.), London, 1684,
see
Bringhurst (John).
B.
(J.), bookseller in London, 1694. Issued The Widow Whitrow's
humble
thanks-
giving, printed by David Edwards. Perhaps the same
as
John Back.
B.
(S.), Gateshead, 1653,
see
Bulkley (Stephen).
B.
(W.), Bristol, 1707,
see
Bonny (William).
BAKER (JOHN), London, 1704-7. Issued works hostile to Friends. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1668-1725. 14-15.
BAKEWELL (THOMAS), against Birchin
Lane,
in Cornhill, London, 1748. Published
The
Sincere
Quaker, a verse piece with line-engraving. See Plomer, Dictionary,
1726-75.
13-14.
BALDIN (EDWARD), stationer in London, at Ratcliff
Cross,
c. 1728. Sold Hender-
son's Truth and
reason
defended,
being an account of his public dispute with a
Muggletonian.
BALDWIN (ANN), London, 1698-1702. Sold works against Friends. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1668-1725. 15.
BALDWIN (E.), printer and bookseller in London, at the Oxford
Arms,
in Warwick
Lane, 1702. Published the anonymous fifth edition of
England's
true interest
considered.
Perhaps an error for A. Baldwin.
BALDWIN (E.), bookseller in London, near Stationers' Hall, 1749. Known
only from Thomas Thompson's The Glorious truth of universal grace and
atonement.
BALDWIN (RICHARD), London, 1689-97. Sold works by Bugg, Claridge, and
Keith. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1668-1725. 15-16.
BANKS (A.), bookseller in London, 1685. Published A
Defence
of
the
Duke of
Buckingham's
book,
of
Religion
and
worship,
attributed to Penn. Perhaps the same
as Alexander Banks. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1668-1725. 18.
BELL (NATHANIEL), York, 1739-c. 1750. A Friend; published for Thomas Story.
See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1726-75. 22.
BETTESWORTH (ARTHUR), London, 1730-8. See Plomer,
Dictionary,
1726-75. 24.

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT