The British book trades: topographical listings. Somerset
This page is one of a series of county listings which are being developed to bring together biographical information relating to localities throughout the British Isles which is currently scattered in other sections of the Exeter Working papers. They are not intended as exhaustive listings. The main sources covered are bankruptcy notices 1731-1806, apprenticeships 1710-1777 and insurance policies 1775-1787. Other information is being added and entries amalgamated as information is available.
Bull, Lewis, bookseller, Bath 1773-1785P; Grove; 1774; Lower Walks 1774-90; Old Rooms 1784B-1785P. Publ. jigsaw 1788. Succ. James Leake. Also jeweller. Ran circulating library. Retired 1790.Source: St. James's chronicle 10 Jan 1775; Plomer; Hannas.
Cruttwell, Richard, printer, Bath 1772-1799; St. James's Street 1784B-1785P. D. 1 Jun. 1799, Cheltenham. Publ. catas. Printed Bath chronicle 1785P. Printed Bible of Bishop Wilson, 3 vol. quarto. Imprints: 1772: Falconer, William, Observations on Dr Cadogan's dissertation on the gout, 2nd ed.; 1774: Charleton, R. Three tracts on Bath water; 1775: Kress A7112; 1779: Matrimony: a tale; 1780: Kress B257; 1783: Letters and papers on agriculture; 1785: Whirligig; 1785: Carwithen, William, The seasons of life: a poem; 1786: Bowdler, Jane, Poems and essays; 1786: Polwhele, Richard, The idyllia, epigrams, and fragments of Theocritus; 1788: Marshall, John, A sermon ...; 1789: Tremenheere, W., A sermon; 1789: Kress B1596; 1790: Pryce, William, Archaeologia Cornu-Britannica; 1791: Collinson, John, The history and antiquities of the county of Somerset; 1792: Poems, chiefly by gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall; 1793: Kress S5430; 1795: Kress B2916, 2983; 1795: Pownall, Governor, Descriptions and explanations of some remains of Roman antiquities; 1796: Gardiner, John, Brief reflections on the eloquence of the pulpit; 1798: B3553, 3565, 3605; 1798: Abbey AS515; 1800: Kress B4250; 1800: Warner, Richard, A walk through some of the western counties of England; 1800: Western Apiarian Society, Transactions. Source: Nichols iii, 673; Plomer; Pendred.
Frederick, William bookseller, Bath: 18, The Grove c1742-76. D. Aug. 1776. Copyright petition 1754. Member of Corporation 1776. With James Leake one of leading booksellers of the city. Imprints: c.1750: Roberts, William, The divine institution, 4th ed.; 1756: Borlase, William, Observations on the ancient and present state of the Scilly Isles. Source: Plomer.
Hazard, Samuel, printer, bookseller, stationer, Bath 1772-1806; Cheap Street 1784B-1785P. D. 20 Sep. 1806. Apprentice Norris, John, 1774 £31/10/00 IR/1/28, fo. 034. Publ. cata. Took subscriptions for R.Tapprell's Lectures on the Lord's prayer 1791. Imprints: 1785: Whirligig; 1785: Vivian, Thomas, The Book of Revelation; 1786: Martin, Matthew, Observations on marine vermes; c1791: Five minutes advice to prayerless persons; 1792: Vivian, T., Cosmology; 1793: Eastcott, Richard, Sketches of the origin, effects and progress of music; 1795: Kress B3001; 1798: Gay, John, Fabulae selectae; 1800: Dennis, Jonas, The character, and The necessity of religious education. Source: Nichols iii, 679; Pendred; Plomer.
Hibbart, William, engraver, Bath, Somerset, 1738-1777. Son of James of Bath Somerset, merchant taylor. Apprenticed to Skinner, Jacob, 1738, £26/05/00 IR/1/15, fo. 205. Apprentice Haines, Walter, 1766 £26/05/00. IR/1/24, fo. 194. Produced copperplate engravings for Christopher Antstey's satirical poem about Bath Epistola poetica familiaris 1777. Source: Professor Dana F. Sutton.
Leake, James I, bookseller, Bath 1724-64. D. 29 May 1764 (26 Dec Musgrave). With Frederick one of leading booksellers in Bath. Copyright petition 1754. Imprints: 1736: Bristol city charters; 1741: Wood, John, The origin of building;1742: Johnson, Samuel, An explanation of the scripture prophecies; 1745: Wood, John, A description of the Exchange of Bristol; 1747: Kennicott, Benjamin, Two dissertations; c.1750: Roberts, William, The divine institution, 4th ed.; 1753: Kennicott, Benjamin, A dissertation on the state of the printed Hebrew text of the Old Testament; 1756: Borlase, William, Observations on the ancient and present state of the Scilly IslesSource: Plomer; Musgrave.
Martin, Stephen,, printer, Bath, SOM: Brick House, just without Westgate 1755-57. Son of Stephen. Apprenticed to Boddeley, Thomas 1747, £16/00/00 IR/1/18, fo. 098. Publ. Bath advertiser no. 1, 18 Oct. 1755. Source: Plomer.
Matthews, Benjamin, bookseller, Bath, Somerset, 1725-55; Merchant's Court c.1750. Held auction sales, kept circulating library and a dealer in second-hand books 1755. Imprints: c1750: Roberts, William, The divine institution 4th ed; 1753: Elworthy, John, The influences of the spirit. Sources: Plomer.
Meyler, William, printer, bookseller, bookbinder, Bath, Somerset, 1767-1800; Grove 1784B-1785P. Apprenticed to Tennent, Andrew, £60/00/00 as bookbinder 1767 IR/1/25, fo. 051. Imprints: 1786: Browne, John, Poetical translations; 1799: Warner, Richard, An illustration of the Roman antiquities discovered at Bath.1800: Kress B4213. Sources: Plomer; St. James's Chron. 3 Jan. 1775.
Mills, Thomas, bookseller, stationer, bookbinder, Bath, Somerset, 1770-1775; Kingsmead Street 1770; King's Mead Square 1773. . Apprentices: Carter, John, £21/00/00 1773. IR/1/27, fo. 101. Bulgin, William, £21/00/00 1772. IR/1/27, fo. 199. Theft at premises 1770. Sources: Plomer.
Pope, Cornelius, printer, Bath, Somerset, 1760-1768. Apprenticed to Boddeley. Apprentice Shoude, William, £20/00/00 1766. IR/1/56, fo. 108. Founded Bath Chronicle 1760. Printed editions of New Bath guide to 1768 when he left Bath. Sources: Plomer.
Taylor, William, bookseller, Bath 1760-1785P; Church Street, Kingston Buildings 1774. Imprint: 1774: Charleton, R., Three tracts on Bath water. Sources: Plomer; Pendred; St. James's Chron. 3 Jan. 1775.
Tennent, Andrew, stationer, bookbinder, Bath, Somerset, 1767-1775; Milsom Street 1772-1773. Died 4 Sept. 1788. Apprentices: Meyler, William, £60/00/00 1767. IR/1/25, fo. 051. Lovell, Thomas, £30/00/00 1770. IR/1/26, fo. 208. Philips, Thomas, £30/00/00 1775. IR/1/60, fo. 011. Imprint: 1772: Falconer, William, Observations on Dr. Cadogan's dissertation on the gout, 2nd ed. Sources: Plomer; Musgrave.
Wilkinson, George, journeyman printer, Bath, Somerset, 1794. At quarter sessions sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined 20 shillings for uttering "Success to the French, and down with the allies". Source: Timperley 782.
Sherrell, Samuel, parchment maker, Lattiford, Somerset, 1773-1774. Apprentice Butt, Henry 1773, £15/00/00. [Lateford]IR/1/59, fo. 014. Apprentice Andrews, John 1774 , £45/00/00. [Lolliford]IR/1/28, fo. 031.
Pile, A. and J., Imprint: c.1780: The cruel stepmother ; 1783: A true confession of the five convicts, now under sentence of death, in Ivelchester Gaol, in the county of Somerset ... 1st September 1783 (Bonhams sale 1 June 2005, lot 155). Pile, bookseller involved with Robinsons of Paternoster Row in case regarding sale of Paine's Rights of man 26 Nov. 1793. Source: Timperley 781.
Chauklin, Henry bookseller, Taunton, Somerset, 1698-1708. Imprints: 1698: Hole, Matthew, A correct copy of some letters written to J.M.; 1699: Winnell, Thomas, The best portion; 1708: Gilling, Isaac, The qualifications and duties of ministers.
Dinning, John, bookseller, Taunton, Somerset, 1725-26. Agent for James Lipscombe's catalogue 1725. Publisher of Brices Journal in Taunton. Imprint: 1726: Hill, L., An appeal to justice [advert.]. Sources: Plomer; Dredge 98.
Joggett, William, bookseller, Taunton 1782-1786; Fore Street, 1786. Working with J.Poole 1778. Sun policy 462848, £400, 1782. Sun policy 513113, £100, 1785/6. Sun policy 521150, £1000, 1786. Imprint: 1778: Wright, Thomas, A sermon.
Norris, Thomas, printer, Taunton, Somerset, 1791-1799; White Lion Court 1799. Took subscriptions for Lectures on the Lord's prayer by R.Taprell (proposals in Westcountry Studies Library).Imprints: 1791: Toulmin, Joshua, Paul's defence before Felix; 1791: Toulmin, Joshua, The history of the town of Taunton; 1792: Taprell, Richard, Lectures on the Lord's prayer; 1792: Toulmin, Joshua, The character of Christ as a witness to the truth; 1793: Kress B2552; 1793: Toulmin, Joshua, The character and reward of the faithful servant; c.1793: Kress S5425; 1796: Savage, Samuel Morton, Sermons on several evangelical and practical subjects; 1799: Toulmin, Joshua, Christian views of death.
Norris, William, printer, Taunton, Somerset, 1718-1755. Apprentice Gilbert, Edward, £20/00/00 1742, IR/1/50, fo. 188. Printed apprentceship indenture in use 1731-32. Imprints: 1718: Squire, Francis, The lawfulness of taking oaths; 1732: The West-Country farmer. Sources: Plomer; Dickinson.
Poole, J., printer, bookseller, Taunton, Somerset, 1778-1796. Imprints: 1778: Wright, Thomas, A sermon; 1781: Toulmin, Joshua, The present and future state of the human frame considered; 1796: Gardiner, John, Brief reflections on the eloquence of the pulpit. Source: Pendred.
Treagle, George, bookseller, Taunton, Somerset, 1640-1652. Imprints: 1640: Jeanes, Henry, The worke of heaven upon earth; Newton, George, Man's wrath and God's praise; 1652: Fullwood, Francis, The churches and ministery of England.
Dore, William, late of Dulcut Paper Mill in the parish of St. Cuthbert, near Wells in the county of Somerset, papermaker, in the King’s Bench Prison, Surrey, insolvent debtor (2nd notice) LG 30 Oct 1756. Source: Berch.
Evill, John, printer, bookseller, stationer, Wells, Somerset, 1777-1786. Sun policy 386279, £700, 1777. Sun policy 519483, £1000, 1786. Imprint: 1786: Browne, John, Poetical translations. Source: Pendred.
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