The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members. Names D
DAGLEY, Richard, engraver, 12, Bateman's Buildings, Soho 1785; 17, Old Compton Street 1790; 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden 1791; 17, Berwick Street 1792; 27, Berwick Street 1793-94; Doncaster 1797, 9 Macclesfield Street 1798; 10, Angel Row, Hammersmith 1799; Kensington Terrace 1800-02; Hornton Street Kensington 1803-12; Doncaster 1813-15; 17, Earl's Court Terrace 1815-33. B. c1765; d. 1841. App. Cousins, jeweller and watchmaker. Ed. Christ's Hospital. Early work engraved jewellry and medals. Publ. Gems Selected from the Antique with plates designed and engr. by himself 1804, followed by many other book illustrations. Exhibited Royal Academy 1785-1833, British Institution 1822-25; Suffolk Street. DNB; Thieme and Becker.
DALE, George, bookbinder, bookseller, stationer and post office, Woolwich 1798-1810; Thomas Street, Woolwich 1811H. Named in Trade Committee minutes. Howe.
DALE, James, music printer and publisher, 16, Bowling Green Lane, Kennington c1800. Printed and published sonatas of his own composition c1800 and later. Poss. bro. of Joseph Dale. Humphries and Smith.
DALE, Joseph, music seller and publisher, musical circulating library and musical instrument maker, 19, opp. the Six Clerks' office, Chancery Lane 1783-86; 132, opp. Hanover Square, Oxford Street (=29, Holles Street) 1786-1817; 19, Cornhill 1791-c1817; 151, opp. Clifford Street, New Bond Street c1802-10; 25, Cornhill c1817-19; 10, Cornhill c1819-21. Trading: alone 1783-1805; as Joseph Dale and son 1805-09; alone 1809-21. Free Merchant Taylors' Co. redemption 7 Oct. 1789, livery 6 July 1791, apps. son James 5 Aug. 1795, son Joseph 5 Apr. 1797, son William 17 June 1800. Publ. cat. 1785. Acquired material from William Napier, music seller q.v. for £540. Purchased Samuel Babbs' musical circulating library in Oxford Street advertised as containing upwards of 100,000 vols 1786. Patent for improvements on tambourine. Son William partner then in business on own in Poultry c1809. Bro. poss. James Dale. Humphries and Smith.
DALE, William, stationer, Little Stanhope Street 1774. Westminster poll 1774: Pe., Cl.
D'ALMAINE, Thomas, music seller, see Goulding, Phipps and D'Almaine.
DALTON, John, bookseller and stationer, 1, Canterbury Place, Lambeth 1792U.
DALTON, R., Print publisher, 10, Birchin Lane 1797. Error for Robert Dutton q.v. J. C. Smith 754.
DALTON, Richard, engraver and printseller, Pall Mall c1760? B. 1715?, Whitehaven; d. 7 Feb. 1791, St. James's Palace. S. of Rev. John Dalton. Travelled to Italy, Greece, Constantinople, Egypt 1749. Publ. various engraved works on the manners and antiquities of these countries. Librarian and later keeper of pictures and antiquary to George III. First to engr. ports. by Holbein recently discovered. Introduced Bartolozzi to England. One of the committee who drew up plans for a royal academy 1755. Not successful as printseller in Pall Mall so premises used as the nucleus of an academy of arts, when this failed premises transferred to auctioneer James Christie. DNB; Thieme and Becker.
DALTON, Richard, stationer, 30, Abchurch Lane. Partner many years of Thomas Wright q.v. Livery Sta. Co. by 1781. City Poll 1781: C.
DANCER, James, law stationer, 136 Furnival's Inn Gate, Holborn Hill 1790U-1804P; 137, Holborn Hill 1805H-1821P; 30, Southampton Buildings 1805H-1811H; Furnival's Inn 1822P-1823R. Trading: alone 1790U-1819P; as Dancers and Cox 1820P-1821P; as Dancer and son 1822P; as Dancer and Dell 1823R.
DANGERFIELD, Thomas, bookseller, stationer and circulating library, 26, Berkeley Square 1784-1794B; 28, Berkeley Square 1799H-1814P. Trading: as Thomas Dangerfield 1784-1794B; as William Dangerfield 1799H-1810P; as Thomas Dangerfield 1802H, 1811H-1814P. Library said to be established 1776, still in existence 1790U. Westminster Poll: 1784 F. Hamlyn.
DANIEL, John, printer, 1, Carey Street, Westminster 1799; 2, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden 1802H. Registered presses 1799. Todd.
DANIEL, Robert, engraver and printer, Sanders Gardens, Kingsland Road 1799H-1800, 1, Black Horse Court, Fleet Street 1800; 27, Leadenhall Street 1803. Registered presses 1800, 1803 (with Ruffy and Evans). Todd.
DANIEL, Robert, 1784B- 1785P. stationer, 68, Houndsditch
DANIELL, Thomas, engraver and painter, 15, Glanville Street, Rathbone Place 1772-73; 21, Little Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square 1774; 42, Little Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square 1776-80; at Mr. Haynes, Charlotte Street, Portland Chapel 1781; 33, Norton Street, Portland Chapel 1782; 42, Queen Anne Street East 1783-84; 37, Howland Street, Fitzroy Square 1795-1809; 12, Charlotte Row, New Road 1810-15; 9, Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square 1816-28. B. 1749, Kingston; d. 19 Mar. 1840, Kensington. App. heraldic painter. Pupil Royal Academy 1784. In India with nephew William 1784-94. Publ. Oriental Scenery 1808 and other works on India. Associate Royal Academy 1796, full member 1799, exhibited 1772-1830. Imprint(s): Abbey: (T. and W. Daniell) 1795-1801: AT420; 1795-1808; Tooley: (T. and W. Daniell) 1795-1808: 172. DNB; Thieme and Becker.
DANIELL, William, engraver and painter, 37, Howland Street, Fitzroy Square 1795-1801; 9, Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square 1802-25; 14, Russell Place, Fitzroy Square 1826-33; 10, North Crescent, Bedford Square 1834-36; 7, Brecknock Terrace, Camden New Road 1837-38. B. 1769; d. 16 Aug. 1837, New Camden Town. With uncle Thomas to India 1784-94. Worked with him on publications based on his travels. Worked on A Voyage Round Great Britain 1814-25. Exhibited Royal Academy 1795-1838. Imprint(s): see Thomas Daniell. DNB; Thieme and Becker.
DAPONTE, Lorenzo, printer and Italian bookseller, 5, Pall Mall 1799-1802H; 28, Haymarket 1803P; 19, Jermyn Street, St. James's 1805H; 15, Poland Street, Oxford Street 1808-1809H. Partner of Daniel Bastie 1800. Charles Nicolini also at 5, Pall Mall 1800. Bankrupt 22 Feb. 1800, cert. 27 May 1800. Todd.
DARBY, stationer, see Greenhill and Darby, Walkden and Darby. (The same?).
DARCEY, John, bookseller, 73, High Holborn 1799H.
DARCHERY, Elizabeth, printseller and publisher, 11, St. James's Street 1780-84. BM Satires.
DAREMY, James, printseller and publisher, opp. King's Head, Strand 1780. BM Satires.
DAREMY, M. S., printseller and publisher, opp. King's Head, Strand 1779. BM Satires.
DARLING and THOMPSON, engravers, see William Darling and John Peter Thompson.
DARLING, William, engraver, Great Newport Street 1771-1799H (no. 3 1790U; no. 5 1791; no. 4 1797L). Trading: alone 1771-1790U; as Darling and Thompson 1791-1799H. Partner with John Peter Thompson in 1790s but also worked on his own. Engravers to the Duke and Duchess of York. Engr. many bookplates. Westminster Poll 1774: Pe., Cl. Imprint(s): (Darling and Thompson) Abbey: 1794: AL90; AS270; 1799: AL148. Thieme and Becker; BM Satires 1771-72; J. C. Smith li, 156, 610, 995.
DARLY, Matthew, or DARLEY, Matthias, paper hanging manufacturer, engraver and printseller, Cranbourne Alley, Leicester Fields c 1754-1765; Castle Street, Leicester Fields 1766; 39, Strand 1767-80; 159, Fleet Street 1780-81. Also resident in Bath. Active 1754-81. Artists' colourman and teacher of engraving. Many engravings of furnishings, ornaments and architecture e.g. Sixty Vases of English, French and Italian Masters 1767. Trade card in Bank's coll. for his paper hangings and engravings of tickets, bookplates etc. Engr. many plates in Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Directory 1754-62. Produced over 300 caricatures. Used pseud. T. Scratchley 1771. Advertised Comic Exhibition 1778. Exhibited Society of Artists 1765-70, Free Soc. 1771. DNB; Thieme and Becker; Sugden and Edmondson 87, 89, 90; BM Satires 1771-81; J. C. Smith 142.
DARMER, Joseph, rag merchant and stationer, Shad Thames 1790U. Error for Dermer, Joseph q.v.
DARTNALL, Elizabeth, stationer, St. Martin's Court, Leicester Square 1782L-1808P (no. 26 1797K-1808P). Widow of Richard D. Son Richard, bookbinder q.v.
DARTNALL, Richard, stationer and bookbinder, St. Martin's Court, Leicester Square 1803-26 (nos. 26-27 1805H-1812P). S. of Richard D. of St. Martin's Court, stationer dec. App. James Fox of Dartmouth Street, stationer 7 Oct. 1777, free Sta. Co. 1 Mar. 1803, livery 5 Apr. 1803. See Elizabeth Dartnall. Howe; Ramsden.
DARTON and HARVEY, printers, booksellers etc., see William Darton and Joseph Harvey.
DARTON, William, printer, bookseller, stationer and engraver, 4, White Lion Alley, Birchin Lane 1787; 55 Gracechurch Street c1788-1838; 6, Jerusalem Court 1799. Trading: as William Darton and Co. 1787-91, as Darton and Harvey 1791-1812; as Darton, Harvey and Darton 1813-38; as Harvey, Darton and Co. 1820. B. 1755; d. 1819. App. as engraver. Printer and publisher of children's books. Joined by Joseph Harvey and in 1810 by son Samuel Darton. Another son William Darton set up separate business in Holborn Hill c1804. Quaker. Prob. publ. jigsaw puzzles from 1787 to death. Wrote and illustrated many works himself. Gracechurch Street firm continued with successors of both partners until sold to R. Y. Clarke 1847. Firm one of the most important publishers of juvenile literature of the period. Holborn firm with Dartons until 1867 when taken over by W. Wells Gardner. Registered presses 1799 when James Swan also partner. Imprint(s): (Darton and Harvey): Kress: 1791: B2058; 1794: B2862, 2869 Abbey: 1799: AL439; 1800: AL331. Todd; Brown, Darlington and Howgego; Hannas 28-30, 144-45.
DAVAULE, Joseph, bookseller, Coventry Street 1774. Westminster Poll 1774: Pe., Cl.
DAVENHILL, Mary, bookseller and stationer, 13 or 30 Cornhill 1779-1783B. Succ. husband William on death 1779. Music imprint c 1780. Humphries and Smith.
DAVENHILL, William, bookseller and stationer, 103 Leadenhall Street 1765K- 1767; 8, Cornhill c1768-1772K; 19, Cornhill c1773-75; 30, Cornhill c1776-79. D. 30 Jan. 1779. Musical imprints. Publ. various works relating to America 1768. Member of the Shakespeare dining club. Mild and amiable manners. Young at death. Succ. by widow Mary. Plomer Humphries and Smith; Nichols vi, 434; Musgrave.
DAVENPORT, paper hanger, St. Alban's Street, Pall Mall 1792? Trade card Bank's coll. Poss. Richard Davenport. Sugden and Edmondson, 91.
DAVENPORT, Edward, printer, Little Catherine Street, Strand 1799H.
DAVENPORT, John, paper hanger, Church Court 1784; 11 Albermarle Street, Clerkenwell 1802H-1805H. Westminster poll 1784: H., W.
DAVENPORT, Joshua, printer, 7, Little Catherine Street, Strand 1799; 6, George Court, Clerkenwell 1800-1802H; 3, Compass Court, Cow Cross, Clerkenwell 1802; 17, St. Martin's le Grand 1808. Registered presses 1799, 1800, 1802, 1808. Printed addenda of 1802H. Imprint(s): Kress: B3734. Todd.
DAVENPORT, Richard, paper hanger and paper hanging warehouse, Church Court, St. James's 1774; 7, St. Alban's Street, Pall Mall 1784B-1785P. Trade card, Bank's collection (no foremane). Sugden and Edmondson, 91.
DAVENPORT, Thomas Richard, paper hanger, St. Alban's Street, Pall Mall 1784. Westminster poll 1784: F. Prob. related to Richard Davenport.
DAVENPORT, William, printer, Crane Court, Fleet Street 1792. S. of Rev. John D. of Leicester; d. 2 Jan 1792. App. Strahan on recommendation of Dr. Johnson; livery Sta. Co. by 1791. Partner with George Stafford q.v. Annuitant of William Bowyer from 1790 until death. Nichols iii, 287; Timperley 773; Musgrave.
DAVID, Francis, stationer, 135, Whitechapel 1792K.
DAVIDS, Francis, stationer, Dog Row, Bethnal Green 1799H.
DAVIDSON and FIELD, stationers etc., see Thomas Davidson, John Field.
DAVIDSON, Ebenezer, rag and paper merchant, 7, Little Eastcheap 1776K-1787K; Dyer's Hall Wharf, Upper Thames Street 1788K-1791K; 91, Upper Thames Street 1792K-1808P; 93, Upper Thames Street 1809P-1812P; 12, Cloak Lane 1813P, 16, Little St. Thomas Apostle 1814P-1818P. Trading: as Ebenezer Davidson 1776K-1803P; as Davidson and son 1804P-1806P; as William Davidson 1807P-1818P. To 1785K only described as factor. Described as Hambro merchant 1802H.
DAVIDSON, James, stationer and printer, Tower Hill 1781; 132, Houndsditch 1790U; Postern Row, Tower Hill 1796-1802H. Livery Sta. Co. by 1781. City Poll 1781: C. See John Mount.
DAVIDSON, John, stationer and pasteboard maker, Fort Street, Spitalfields 1774K-1775N; 30, Fort Street, Spitalfields 1776K-1789A; 22, Duke Street, Spitalfields 1790U.
DAVIDSON, Robert, stationer etc., see Thomas Davidson.
DAVIDSON, Thomas, stationer, pocketbook maker and small worker in gold and silver, 18, Sise Lane 1774L1797K. Trading: alone 1774L-1786K; as Davidson and Field 1788K-1795B; as Thomas and Robert Davidson 1787K, 1795L-1797K. Succ. by John Field q.v. Robert and Thomas both livery Sta. Co. by 1792.
DAVIDSON, Thomas, stationer, Postern Row, Tower Hill 1792. Livery Sta. Co. by 1792. See John Mount.
DAVIES, Charles, printer, 3, Peterborough Court 1785-91. Printed Whitehall Evening Post 1785-91.
DAVIES, J., printseller, 91, Chancery Lane 1790U. Prob. error for Jonas Davis, q.v.
DAVIES, John, music engraver and publisher, 90, High Holborn c1800-10; 446, Strand 1809H; 61, Red Lion Street n.d. Premises known as Musical Printing Office. Humphries and Smith.
DAVIES, Thomas, printer, St. John's Street 1775. Bankrupt Nov. 1775.
DAVIES, Thomas, 2, York Court, Islington Green 1800. Registered press 1800. Todd.
DAVIES, Thomas, wood engraver, at Mrs Cozen's, Half Paved Court, Salisbury Court 1763M; Salisbury Court 1784. D. 28 Jan. 1784 aged 74. Musgrave.
DAVIES, Thomas, bookseller, Dukes Court, opp. St. Martin's in the Fields c1730; Round Court, Strand c1735; 8, Russell Street, Covent Garden 1762-1785P. B. c1712; d. 5 May 1785 aged about 73, bur. St. Paul's Covent Garden. At Edinburgh university 1728-29. After brief bookselling career turned to stage in 1730's. No success in London so went to York, where he married, Edinburgh and Dublin and finally back to London. Bookseller again 1762. Bought and sold libraries 1763M. Bookseller to Royal Academy 1775. Bankrupt Jan 1778, cert. 9 May 1778, div. 17 June 1783. Dr. Johnson arranged a benefit for him after bankruptcy. Frequently mentioned in Boswell's Life of Johnson. Boswell met Johnson in his shop. Life of Mr. Garrick 2 vol. a great success 1780. Also wrote other works on drama. Member of Shakespeare dining club. Publ. cats. 1764-76. Westminster Polls 1774: Mo., Ma; 1784: F. Widow d. 9 Feb. 1801. Imprint(s): Kress: 1776: A7251; 1777: B30-31; 1782: B454; 1783: B562. DNB; Nichols iii, 636, v, 633, vi, 421-43; Timperley 754; BM Book sales; St. James Chronicle 19 Jan. 1775.
DAVIES, William, bookseller, 141, Strand 1793-1819. Trading: as Cadell and Davies. See Thomas Cadell II. D. 28 Apr. 1819. Livery Sta. Co. by 1792. Senior position with Thomas Cadell I. Chosen as a guide for his son 1793. Had superior abilities and was a liberal and straightforward man of business. Many years stockkeeper of Sta. Co. DNB; Nichols vi, 442; Timperley 945.
DAVIS, music seller, see Collier and Davis.
DAVIS, A. J., musical instrument maker and music seller, 14, Francis Street, Tottenham Court Road 1794B.
DAVIS, Charles, bookseller, 325, Holborn 1792. Livery Sta. Co. by 1792. See Lockyer Davis.
DAVIS, Evan, paper stainer and stationer, 90, Blackman Street, Southwark 1785K- 1800P. Livery Sta. Co. by 1792. Succ. by Samuel Davis 1802H.
DAVIS, John, marble paper manufacturer and paper stainer, Salisbury Court, Fleet Street 1788, 10, Fetter Lane 1790U-1802H; Herne Hill, Dulwich 1802H. Presented with medal by Soc. for Encouragement of the Arts 1788. Howe; Ramsden.
DAVIS, John, printer, Red Lion Street, Holborn 1784B.
DAVIS, Jonas, printer, 61, Chancery Lane 1785P; 89 Chancery Lane 1794-1801P. S. of William D. of Southwark, gent; still alive 1812. App. Thomas Baily 1770, free Sta. Co. 1777, 1783-98 25 apps., 3 premiums of £50 1 of £5. Signed compositor's scale 1785. Assistant to Archibald Hamilton. Carried on extensive business of own for a number of years before retiring to farm at Uckfield where he was in 1812. Registered press 1799. See also Davies, J. Imprint(s): Kress: 1786: B1132; 1787: B1321; 1795: B2957; 1797: B3384. Howe; Todd; Nichols iii, 398-99.
DAVIS, Lockyer, bookseller, over against Gray's Inn gate, Holborn 1753-70; 326, High Holborn 1770K-1791K. Trading: as Davis and Reymer 1757-68; alone 1769-91. B. 1719; D. 23 Apr. 1791 aged 73, Holborn. Master Sta. Co. Succ. to Business of uncle Charles Davis in Holborn 1755. Bought and sold libraries 1763M. Bookseller and nominal printer to the Royal Society. One of the nominal printers of the votes of the House of Commons. Contributor to St. James Chronicle etc. Edit. Maxims of La Rochefoucauld 1774. Registrar of the Literary Fund for the Relief of Distressed Authors. Publ. cats. with Charles Reymers 1757-68, alone 1770-90. Bequeathed £100 by William Bowyer. Member of Shakespeare dining club. Imprint(s): Kress: 1781: B407, 408, 410; 1785: B933; 1788: B1388. DNB; Plomer; Nichols iii, 281, 636-40, vi, 436-37; Timperley 771-72; BM Book sales; Musgrave.
DAVIS, Mary, bookseller and stationer, 50, corner of Sackville Street, Piccadilly 1784B-1793A. D. I July 1792. Succ. William Davis. Unmarried. Musgrave.
DAVIS, Robert, bookseller, corner of Sackville Street, Piccadilly c1764-1775N. D. soon after 1774. Publ. Bibles 1765, 1775. Learned, a fine conversationalist, member of the Shakespeare dining club. Succ. by William Davis. Plomer; Nichols vi, 434.
DAVIS, William, bookseller and stationer, 25, Ludgate Hill 1780L-1781L.
DAVIS, William, bookseller, 49, Piccadilly 1776K-1780K. Succ. Robert Davis. Acquired manuscripts from library of Lord Masham. Retired to Barnes, Middlesex in 1780s. Succ. by Mary Davis. Imprint(s): Kress: 1775: S4827. Nichols ix, 276.
DAVISON, Thomas, printer, Black Horse Alley, Fleet Street 1794B; 6, Lombard Street, Whitefriars 1799-1831; 10, Duke Street, West Smithfield 1819. D. 28 Dec. 1831. Registered presses 1799, 1819. Printed for Thomas Norton Longman 1814-15. Rhoda Hedler at 10 Duke Street 1820. Brown; Todd.
DAWE, George, engraver, 40, Wells Street, Oxford Street 1801-03; 44, Wells Street 1804-18. B. 8 Feb. 1781, Brewer Street, Golden Square, s. of Philip D.; d. 15 Oct. 1829 at house of brother-in-law Mr. Wright, engraver. Said to have engraved in mezzotint when only 14. Student Royal Academy 1796. Began painting about 1803. In St. Petersberg 1819-28 then in Berlin. Returned to England 1829. Assoc. Royal Academy 1809, full member 1814, also exhibitor. DNB; Thieme and Becker; Graves; J. C. Smith 148-52.
DAWE, Philip, engraver, 4, Goodge Street 1773; at Mr. Hammond's, Greek Street 1774-75; 15, Goodge Street 1782. B. c1750, London, natural son of City merchant; d. prob. after 1801. Pupil and relation by marriage of Henry Morland. Said to have worked under Hogarth. Mezzotints after Gainsborough, Holbein and other artists. Exhibited Society of Artists 1761, Royal Academy 1763, Free Society 1769-82. DNB; Thieme and Becker Graves; BM Satires; J. C. Smith 153-59.
DAWSON, Richard, engraver, 5, Bagnio Court, Newgate Street 1784B-1785P.
DAWSON, William, bookseller, 7, Paternoster Row 1786L-1810P. D. 7 June 1810 aged 65 at Hive House, Stanmore. Directories often describe him as a bookseller and his premises as the Oxford Bible warehouse. Bookseller to the university of Oxford. His life was a continued series of acts of kindness. Succ. by E. Gardner. Edward Dawson also listed at 7, Paternoster Row 1805H. Nichols iii, 720; Timperley 838.
DAYES, Edward, engraver, 75, Long Acre 1786, 1789-93; 5, King Street, Covent Garden 1787-88; 8, Charles Street, Covent Garden 1794; 5, Francis Street, Bedford Square 1795-1804. B. 1763; d. May 1804, suicide. Pupil of Pether. Exhibited Royal Academy 1786-1804, Society of Artists 1790-91. Mezzotint engraver. Draughtsman to the Duke of York. Teacher of Turner. DNB; Thieme and Becker; Graves.
DEAN, John, engraver and printseller, at Valentine Green's, Salisbury Court, Strand 1773-75; 90, Church Street, Soho 1777-78; 27, Berwick Street Soho 1779-80 12, Bentinck Street, Soho 1786-91. B. c1750, d. 1798? or after 1805, London. Pupil of Valentine Green. Fire destroyed nearly all plates and stock at Bentinck Street premises. Many engravings after Reynolds, Romney Gainsborough etc. Exhibited Society of Artists 1773-78 Royal Academy 1789-91. Thieme and Becker; Graves BM Satires; J. C. Smith 159-69.
DEAN, Thomas, publisher, 35 and 40, Threadneedle Street before 1800-1855; (only no. 35 to 1837P); Ludgate Hill 1856-70; 160a, Fleet Street 1871-90. Trading: as Thomas Dean before 1800-1810P; as Dean and Munday 181lP-1842P, as Dean and Co. 1843P-1846P; as Thomas Dean and son 1847-71+. Publ. many children's books, also jigsaw puzzles. George Alfred Dean became partner 1847. Imprint(s): Kress: (Dean and Munday) 1795: B2933 (prob. mistake for c1817). Hannas.
DEAN(E), William, bookseller, Cornhill 1790U; Royal Exchange 1799H-1805H. Prob. the Dean, Royal Exchange, who took in advertisements for English Chronicle 1785P. Described as pamphlet shop 1805H.
DEANE, Giles, vellum binder, st. Olave Silver Street 1786. App. George Leedell, turned over to John Page, cit. and Draper, free Merchant Taylors' Co. 7 Oct. 1772, his app. John Letts 5 July 1786.
DEANE, John, stationer, 28, St. Mary Hill 1799H.
DEANE, Richard, paper hanging manufacturer and stationer, 53, Coleman Street 1788K.
DEANE, William, stationer, 53, Coleman Street 1790U. See also Richard Deane.
DEANE, William, stationer, St. Mary Hill 1753K-1763M; 28, St. Mary Hill 1767K-1802P. Free Merchant Taylors' Co. redemption 6 Sept. 1749, livery 8 July 1761, court 17 July 1778, master 1786, his app. son Richard 2 Sept. 1778. Common councillor, Billingsgate ward 175998, deputy 1794-98.
DE BOFFE, Joseph, French bookseller, 7, Gerrard Street, Soho 1792U-1807P; 10, Nassau Street, Soho 1808P-1818P. Importer of foreign books. Called J. C. DeBoffe 1808P.
DEBRETT, John, bookseller and stationer, 178, Piccadilly 1781- 1788L; 179, Piccadilly 1789L-1805H. D. 15 Nov. 1822, Upper Gloucester Street. Took over Almon's premises 1781. Publ. European Magazine 1782-1801. Westminster Poll 1784: F. Shop a fashionable lounging place according to The Picture of London 1802. Premises the resort of the Whigs, the Pittites going to his neighbour Stockdale. Began the Peerage 1802, edited the first 15 editions. Began the Baronetage 1808. Also edited The British Imperial Cakndar. Bankrupt 31 Oct. 1801 cert. 18 Jan. 1802, divs. 4 Dec. 1802, 24 Mar. 1804 bankrupt again 19 May 1804, cert. 13 July 1805, div. 1 Feb. 1806. Retired by 1815. Imprint(s): Kress: 178-: B247; 1781: B359, 378, 394, 426; 1782: B440; 1783: B540-41, 579, 599, 606, 609, 642, 644, S5014; 1784: B688, 705, 735, 738, 747, 767, 780-81, 784-86, S5046, 5055; 1785: B819, 825, 834, 920, 946, 960-62, S5077; 1786: B1011-12, 1036, 1046, 1064, 1069, 1072, 1102, 1110-11, 1121, S5101; 1787: B1156, 1166, 1190, 1196, 1234, 1253, 1259, 1296, 1301-02, 1330, 1332, 1345-46; 1788: B1361-62, 1390, 1439, 1491, 1500; 1789: B1570, 1572-73, 1575, 1640, 1673, 1695; 1790: B1821, 1840, 1906, S5331?; 1791: B2047-48, 2063, 2113, 2125, 2131, 2178, 2194-98, 2201; 1792: B2247, 2276, 2290, 2343, 2345, 2367, 2396, 2405, 2419, 2426, S5379, 5385, 5409, 5411; 1793: B2464-65, 2541, 2555, 2571?, 2577, 2578?; 1794: B2640, 2651, 2705, 2753, 2783, 2801, 2817, 2835; 1795: B2887, 2889, 2970, 3006, 3050-51; 1796: B3098-3102, 3128, 3177, 3222, 3239, 3243-44, 3246-49; 1797: B3338, 3342, 3370-71, 3410, 3431, 3438-40, 3469-71, 3487; 1798: B3642, 3674, 3747; 1799: B3866, 3987?, S5614, 5616; 1800: B407677, 4137, 4243, 4267-68, S5652; Abbey: 1790: AT605; 1791-92: AS2; 1795: AS452; 1800: AL331. DNB; Brown; Timperley, 823, 886.
DE HONDT, Peter Abraham, bookseller, Tully's Head, near Surrey Street, Strand 1760-1776K. Partner of Thomas Becket q.v. Plomer; Nichols iii, 387.
DEIGHTON, John, bookseller, 274, High Holborn 1786L-1791L; 325, High Holborn 1792L-1795K. In Cambridge 1784 and again in 1812 where he carried on an extensive business. Publ. cat. as successor to Cater 1786 and as successor to Lockyer Davis 1793. Imprint(s): Kress: 1793-94: B2611; 1794: B2689; Abbey: 1794: AS555; Tooley: 1794: 404. Nichols iii, 640.
DE LA GRANGE, James P., bookseller, 36, Greek Street, Soho 1790U-1802H. D. 3 June 1801 aged 71. A French bookseller. Nichols iii, 720; Timperley 835.
DELAHOY, James, printer, auctioneer and broker Deptford Bridge 1795- 1809H. Ran Kent Printing Office 1795. Succ. by Mrs. Elizabeth Delahoy 1808-24. also described as copperplate printer, stationer and binder of 96, Deptford Bridge 1817U. Todd.
DELATTRE, Jean Marie, engraver, North End, Fulham 1802H-1840. B. 1745. Abbeville; d. June 1840, North End, Fulham. To England 1770. Pupil of Bartolozzi. Few plates actually signed by him. Worked for Boydells. Many plates printed in colour. Action against Copley won him £600, 1801. DNB; Thieme and Becker.
DELAUNEY and Co., fancy pasteboard manufactory, 7 Tottenham Court Road 1799H. Prob. the same as De Launey, Le Chevalier and Co., stationers and perfumers, 7, Terrace, Tottenham Court Road 1802H.
DELEGAL, James, engraver and printer, Great Piazza, Covent Garden 1776-77; 11, Great Winchester Street 1776K-1799H; New Bond Street 1779; Bishopsgate Street 1792. Livery Haberdashers' Co. by 1792. Portraits and bookplates. Thieme and Becker; J. C. Smith 170-71.
DELL, Henry, bookseller, Tower Street before 1765, corner of Brook Street, Holborn 1765. Publ. cats. 1765-93. D. Holborn. Once attempted to perform the part of Mrs. Termagent at Covent Garden theatre but without success. Wrote or altered four dramatic pieces including The Frenchified Lady never in Paris 1756-57. Wrote The Booksellers, a poem 1766, pronounced by some 'a wretched, rhyming list of booksellers in London and Westminster with silly commendations of some and stupid abuse of others'. DNB; Plomer; Nichols iii, 641; Timperley 750.
DEMEZA, William, papermaker and stationer, 32, Leman Street, Goodman's Fields 1778K-1781 K; 75, Whitechapel 1782K-1788K. Also described as flock manufacturer. Bankrupt 20 May 1788, div. 25 Apr. 1789, 12 Nov. 1793 final.
DEMONSEAU, Joseph, bookbinder, Holliday Yard 1765-75, Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row 1780-1799H (no. 8 1799H). S. of John D. of Spitalfields, weaver; d. c1800. App. Abraham Jeffries £10 7 May 1745, free Sta. Co. 2 June 1752, 1765-96 8 apps., 1 turnover, 2 premiums £5, £7. Widow Jane continued business at 19, Paternoster Row 1802H-1805H. Howe; Ramsden.
DENCH, Henry, compositor, D. 8 Dec. 1788 aged 50. D. of violent asthma attack leaving infant son who later became printer. Assistant and friend of John Nichols. Nichols ii, 702; Timperley 763; Musgrave.
DENEDONSEL M., perfumer and stationer, 8, New Lisle Street, Leicester Square 1799H.
DENEW, John, engraver and printer, 109, Wardour Street, Soho 1790U.
DENHAM, stationer, see Mott and Denham.
DENHAM, John, bookseller and stationer, 366, Hermitage Bridge, Wapping 1774K-1782K.
DENHAM, Richard, printer, Salisbury Court, Fleet Street 1784B.
DENNIS, John, bookseller, 2, Bridge Street, Fleet Street 1781L- 1789L; 6, Middle Row, Holborn 1790L-1799H. Trading: as John Dennis and son 1781L-1785P, as John Dennis 1785L-1799H. D. 23 Aug. 1798, a young man. Poss. partner with John Lackington q.v. 1779. Publ. cats. 1794 etc 'in which were generally some very curious articles particularly in the occult sciences'. Nichols iii 641; Timperley 799.
DENT, John, stationer, see William Dent.
DENT, Thomas, engraver Ball Alley, Lombard Street 1777. Bankrupt June 1777, cert. 8 Nov. 1776. Poss. the same as the Dent who engraved various bookplates 1765-80. Thieme and Becker.
DENT, W., printseller and publisher, 116, Strand 1783. Also imprints without address 1789-93. Publisher or proprietor of prints sold by J. Aitken, J. Brown, Dickie, Macklew and Moore. Also artist. See also William Dent below. BM Satires.
DENT, William, stationer, Strand 1783. Bankrupt with John Dent 1783. See also W. Dent, printseller above.
DENTON, Thomas, bookseller, Holborn c1785. B. Yorkshire; executed 1 July 1789. Bookseller in York some years. To London c1780. Made mechanical figures which he exhibited. A knowledgeable chemist. Carried on business of coach harness plating in Holborn jointly with bookselling. Fell in with a coiner. Tried and executed. DNB; Timperley 764; Musgrave.
DERMER, Joseph, stationer and rag merchant, Horsleydown New Stairs 1774K-1782; Dock Head 1784B-1785P; Shad Thames 1788-1795K; 26, Shad Thames 1797K-1823R. Trading: alone 1774K-1802P; as Joseph Dermer and son 1803P-1822P; as Thomas Dermer 1823R+. Also rope merchant. Bankrupt Apr. 1782; bankrupt again 24 May 1788; cert. 15 Nov. 1788, divs. 6 Dec. 1788, 19 Sep. 1789, 8 Aug. 1789, 8 Jan. 1793, 9 Mar. 1793. Listed as Darmer, Joseph 1790U.
DESBROW, Benjamin, circulating library, St. Martin's Court 1784B-1785P. Error for Disbrow, Benjamin, q.v.
DESCARRIERS and Co., bookseller, Union Street, Bishopsgate Street 1788; 8, Bishopsgate within 1790U. Publ. cat. 1788. Nichols iii, 635.
DESMOND, John, printer, Newcastle Street, Strand 1794B; 169, Strand 1799. Registered presses 1799. Printer of Observer l799-1800. Todd; Aspinall.
DEVULLE, John, engraver, 10, Little Russell Street, Covent Garden 1799H. Prob. same as John Devau, 51, Bedford Street, Covent Garden 1802H.
DEWICK, Joseph Dalton, printer, bookseller and stationer, 6, Westmorland Buildings, Aldersgate Street 1799H-1800P; Aldersgate Street 1802H-1803; Golden Lion Court, Aldersgate 1803-04; 7, Bridgewater Square 1807-09; 20, Aldersgate Street 1807-08; 46, Barbican 1808-98. Trading: as Tegg and Dewick 1799H-1800P; alone 1802H-1807; as Dewick and Clark 1807-08; alone 1808-23; as Mary Dewick 1824-33; as Mary Dewick and son 1834-50; as William and Thomas Dewick 1851-52; as William Dewick 1853-69; as Dewick and sons 1870-78; as Dewick and Baleman 1879-98. Registered press 1808. Office destroyed by fire 14 Aug. 1835. Brown; Todd; Darlington and Howgego.
DIBDIN, Charles, music seller, 411, opp. Adelphi, Strand 1790-96; 2, Leicester Place, Leicester Square 1796-1805H; 125, Strand 1808-c1810; opp. Lyceum Theatre 1809. B. 1745, Southampton; d. 25 July 1814, Camden Town. The noted dramatist, actor and songwriter. Retired and sold stock to Bland and Weller for £1800 1805. Bankrupt 1810. DNB; Humphries and Smith.
DICEY and MARSHALL, printers, see Cluer Dicey and Richard Marshall.
DICEY, Cluer, printer, 4, Aldermary Churchyard 1763M-1780. Trading: alone 1763M; as Dicey and Marshall 1764-80. Also premises in Northampton and premises as medicine vendors in Bow Churchyard with Beynon and other partners 1774K-1799H+. Cluer Dicey and William Marshall publ. A Catalogue of Maps, Prints etc. 1764. Afterwards in partnership with Richard Marshall. Printed and publ. broadsides, prints and chapbooks. Publ. a collection of Speed's maps c1770. Collection of their chapbooks sold at Sothebys 23 June 1893 (The Auchinleck Library). Chubb; Humphries and Smith; Darlington and Howgego.
DICKIE, Thomas, haberdasher and bookseller, 41, Bow Lane, Cheapside 1799H-1803P.
DICKIE, W. or I., printseller and publisher, 195, opp. Exeter Change, Strand 1787. Mostly published in association with Macklew and Moore. BM Satires.
DICKIE, William, stationer and pocketbook maker, 120 Strand 1790U-1806P. Bankrupt 26 Sept. 1795, cert. 20 Aug. 1796, div. 8 July 1797; bankrupt again 20 Dec. 1801, cert. 7 Mar. 1801.
DICKINSON, William, printseller and engraver, Litchfield Street, Soho 1773; 180, near Norfolk Street, Strand 1773-74; at Sledge's, Henrietta Street 1774-76; 20, Henrietta Street, 1777-78; 158, New Bond Street 1778-1791L; 24, Old Bond Street 1791-1798K; 53, Piccadilly 1795; 4, Vale Place, Hammersmith 1802H. Trading: alone 1773-77; as Watson and Dickinson 1778-81; alone 1781-1802H. B. 1746, London; d. Summer 1823, Paris. Exhibited Society of Artists 1768-76. Associated with Thomas Watson from 1776, partner from 1778 until Watson's death 1781. Later moved to Paris though he still supplied the London market from there. One of the finest mezzotint engravers. Engraved portraits after Reynolds and others. Westminster Poll 1784: F. Bankrupt 13 Apr. 1793, cert. 29 June 1793, divs. 10 May 1794, 10 Nov. 1795, 30 May 1797, 10 June 1800. Imprint(s): Abbey: 1786: AL133; 1788: AT213: 1791: AT214. DNB; Thieme and Becker; BM Satires 1779-95; J. C. Smith 171-203.
DICKONSON, John, law stationer, 14, Southampton Buildings 1790U; 6, Holborn Court, Grays Inn 1799H-1802H; 6, Holborn 1805H; 14, Holborn Court, Gray's Inn 1809H-1811H.
DIEMAR,A., printseller, 114, Strand 1799H.
DIEMAR, Emanuel Matthew, printseller, 114, Strand 1790U. B. 1720, Berlin; d. 24 Apr. 1795. Lived a long time in Paris and London. Also metalworker and wax modeller. Exhibited Society of Artists 1768-90. Thieme and Becker; Musgrave.
DIGGENS, John, printer and publisher, St. Anne's Lane, Aldersgate Street 1799H; 14, St. Anne's Lane 1802H-1826; 15, Leicester Street, Leicester Square 1827-33. Trading: alone 1799H-1826; as Diggens and Hawe 1827-30; as Diggens and Jones 1831-32; as Henry Diggens 1833. Free Sta. Co. by 1822. Common councillor, Aldersgate ward 1822-30. Todd.
DIGHTON, Edward, paper hanging maker, 65, Fetter Lane 1784B-1785P. Patent no. 685 for manufacturing paper hangings using etched or engraved plates of metal 1753. Sugden and Edmondson, 61.
DIGHTON, Robert, engraver and printseller, at Mr Glanville's, opp. St. Clement's Church 1775; 266, High Holborn 1777; Henrietta Street, Covent Garden 1785; Hendon, Middlesex 1785; 12, Charing Cross 1794-99; 6, Charing Cross n.d.; 4, Spring Gardens 1810-14. B. c1752; d. 1814, Spring Gardens. Painter, drawing master and caricaturist. Exhibited Free Society 1769-74, Royal Academy 1775-99. Publ. various collections of caricatures of contemporaries 1792-1812. His theft of Rembrandt's etchings from the British Museum discovered but pardoned on his returning them 1806. DNB; Thieme and Becker; Graves; BM Satires 1793-99.
DILLON, John, 16, Plough Court, Fetter Lane 1799. With William Jones 1799. Todd.
DILLON, Robert, bookbinder, circulating library and stationer, Lombard Street, Chelsea c1790-1805H; 21, Queen Street, Golden Square 1809H-1811H. Founder member of the Benefit Society 1792. Took honourable leave of the Trade Society 1799. Binder's tickets survive e.g. on Abbey AS452 1795. Employed 8-10 men working 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. c1804. Circulating Library established c1790. Howe; Ramsden; Hamlyn.
DILLY, Charles, bookseller, Rose and Crown, 22, Poultry 1765K-1801. Trading: with Edward Dilly 1765K-1779; alone 1779-1801. B. 22 May 1739, Southill, Beds.; d. 3 May 1807, Ramsgate. Livery Sta. Co. by 1781, master 1802. After tour in America became partner to brother Edward 1765K. After brother's death continued alone. Offered post of alderman for Cheap ward but declined it for Boydell 1782. Hospitable; Johnson and Wilkes among those invited to his dinners. Retired leaving Joseph Mawman as his successor 1801. He regretted this action later but his parties continued at his residence in Brunswick Row,Queen's Square. Gave £700 in consoles to Sta. Co. to aid the widows of liverymen 1803, as well as performing other acts of generosity. Various musical imprints. Publ. cat. 1787. Publ Boswell's Life of Johnson 1791, Richard Cumberland's Observer 1785. City Poll 1781: L. Left nearly £60,000. Buried St. George the Martyr, Queen's Square 12 May. Imprint(s): Kress: (E. and C. Dilly) 1775: A7112, S4807; 1776: A7245, 7255-58; 1778: B153; (C.Dilly) 1780: B257; 1781: B356, 430; 1782: B450; 1784: B693, 744; 1786: B1076; 1787: B1192, 1359; 1791: B2226; 1792: B2430; 1795: B2990; 1796: B3109, 3226; 1799: B3916; Abbey: 1798: AS515. DNB; Plomer; Nichols iii, 190-93, 606; Timperley 744-45, 758, 830-31; Humphries and Smith; Hannas.
Extract for Charles and Edward Dilly from Nichols Literary anecdotes:
Charles Dilly, esq. was born May 22, 1739, at Southill in Bedfordshire; where his family were of some consequence in the higher ranks of old English yeomen; and for which county his eldest brother, John Dilly, esq. (who cultivated the the paternal inheritance at Southill) served the office of High-sheriff in 1783.
Edward Dilly, the second brother, was a Bookseller of great eminence in the Poultry, particularly in the line of American exportation ; and in the Writings of the good old School of Presbyterians Doddridge, Watts, Lardner, &c. So extensive were his connexions, that he was happy to avail himself of the assistance of his brother Charles , who, after making a short tour in America, became a partner in Edward's trade, which by his regular assiduity, was considerably extended. Mr. Edward Dilly was an enthusiastic admirer of the politicks (if not of the personal charms) of Catharine Macaulay, whose publications he regularly ushered into the world ; and may truly be said to have been a general and generous Patron. He was a man of great pleasantry of manners; and so fond of conversation, that he almost literally talked himself to death. The following; epitaph is in Southill church : "Near this place (in the church-yard) lie interred the body of Edward Dilly, late citizen and bookseller of London. He was born in this parish, July 25, 1732; and died May 11, 1779."
By this event, which happened May 11 , 1779, Charles Dilly became the sole proprietor of a very valuable trading concern, which he continued to cultivate with that industry and application which in this great commercial Metropolis almost invariably leads to opulence. In 1782, on a vacancy of an Alderman for the Ward of Cheap, Mr. Dilly wiis invited to accept the scarlet gown ; but declined that honourable office in favour of Mr. Boydell, That of Sheriff he escaped on the plea of Nonconformity.
With the fortune of Edward, Charles inherited also his good qualities. Though neither of them had much pretensions to Literature, they were jealous in cultivating the friendship of the Literati. Their purchases of copy-right were in such a princely style as had before their time been wholly unknown. To young and inexperienced Authors, Mr. Charles Dilly in particular was a kind and faithful adviser ; and to those who had occasion for it, his purse was at all times easy of access.
The hospitable table, which Edward was famed for spreading, was continued by Charles not with a prodigal, but with an unsparing hand. His parties were not large, but they were frequent; and in general so judiciously grouped, as to create a pleasantry of intercourse not often to be found in mixed companies. Here Johnson and Wilkes forgot the animosities of Whig and Tory. Here High-church Divines and Pillars of the Meeting-house relinquished their polemicks, and enjoyed uninterrupted conviviality. Here Cumberland, whilst he contributed bis full proportion to the general hilarity of conversation, stored his own mind with some of those valuable observations which have both entertained and instructed an admiring Publick. Here Knox planned and matured not a few of his valuable Essays. Here Isaac Reed (than whom no visitor was more cordially welcomed by Charles Dilly) was sure to delight, whether in the mood to be a patient hearer, with now and then a short oracular response ; or occasionally displaying those rich stores of erudition which he possessed. Here Crakelt refined on the labours of an Entick. Here many a Writer of less eminence, after comfortably enjoying a mental and bodily repast, engaged in his allotted task with double pleasure, from the satisfaction he experienced in the liberality of his employer. If ever the strict rule of decorum was by chance infringed on, it was on thoe occasional days when, unavoidable business preventing the Master of the house from sitting so long with his guests as he could wish, the pleasure of entertaining them was deputed to his kind-hearted and pleasant friend James Boswell, who sometimes, in that capacity, has tried the strength of the oldest binn. - I am now speaking not on hearsay, but from personal knowledge.
After a life of uninterrupted labour for more than 40 years, Mr. Dilly, almost on a sudden, relinquished business ; which he disposed of, on terms nutually beneficial, to Mr. James Mawman, at that time high in the same profession in the city of York. But the transition was too abrupt for Mr. Dilly. He found himself a solitary being, without the resource of an affectionate family to cheer his vacant hours; and, in the midst of affluence, he soon began to regret the loss of the compting-house and very pleasant rooms in the Poultry ; and actually acquired such a dejection of spirits as to occasiom no small alarm to his friends. He was luckily, however, persuaded to adopt, in Brunswick-row, Queenn-square, the sociability, if not the employment, of the Poultry ; and, by the repeated visits of some intimates whom he highly esteemed, he was in a great measure roused from his melancholy ; and continued to enjoy a few years of real comfort ; distributing, not unfrequently, a portion of his large property in acts of the most disinterested beneficence.
His bounty to individuals it would be improper to mention. But it must be recorded to his honour, that in his life-time he gave 700l. Consols. to the Company of Stationers (of which he was Master in 1800) for the purpose of securing perpetual annuities, of ten guineaS each, to the widows of two Liverymen of that Company. A very few weeks also before his death he gave 100l. to the Sea-bathing Infirmary at Margate; to which very excellent Institution he has added 200l. more by his last will ; with the like sum to the society for the Relief of Persons confined for small Debts. He gave 100l. to the Society for the Relief of the Indigent Blind; lOOl. to the Society for the Relief of the Deal and Dumb ; and 100l. to the Dispensary in Red Lion-street. He remembered also some of his old friends. To Daniel Braithwaite. esq John-Oswald Trotter, esq. and Miss Cumberland, he gave 1000l. each; to Dr. Lettsom, Dr. Elliott, the Rev. J. H. Todd, and Mary Fowler, widow, 500l. each. Among the other legacies were, to Mis. Crakelt, wife of Mr. Crakelt, 20l. a year; to her daughter, Mrs. Eylard, 20l. a year; to Mrs. Mary Greaves, the daughter of his half-sister, 52l. a year; to Mrs. Coulson of Bedford 100l. a year; to Miss Coulson, one of his residuary legatees, 2000l. ; to the children of her sister, Mrs. Seilman, 1000l. ; to the two Miss Davies's (daughters of the Rev. Mr. Davies, perpetual curate of St. James Clerkenwell) 2OOOl. each ; to Mrs. Bodman and Mrs. May all his shares in the Lancaster canal. And, besides other legacies, gave rings of ten guineas each to Mr. Alderman Domville, and to Messrs. Baldwin, J. Nichols, Conant, Hughs, and Davies, The residue of his property (supposed to be about 60,000l.) to Miss Coulson, the two Miss Davies's, Mrs. Bodman, and Mrs. May, who were all of them maternally related, his own name having become extinct. The death of his brother Edward has been already mentioned.
John died March 18, 1806, aged 75, at Clophill in Bedfordshire (a ferme orne purchased a few years since by Charles), and an only sister, Martha, died Jan. 12, 1803, in her 62d year. All of them dying unmarried, the fortunes of the whole family were of course centered in Charles ; who was for the last twelvemonth evidently declining in health. He afterwards recovered so far as to undertake a journey to Ramsgate, on a visit to Mr. Cumberland; who happened to be at Tunbridge Wells with Sir James Bland Burgess. Mr. Dilly arrived at Ramsgate on Saturday the 2d of May 1807; and was on Sunday evening attacked by an oppression of breath, which took him off on the following morning. He was buried, on the 12th, in the cemetery of St. George the Martyr, Queen-square, in a grave nearly adjoining that in which the famous Robert Nelson was deposited in 1715, the funeral being attended by a considerable number of his oldest and most valued friends, among whom was the Editor of these Volumes.
Extract relating to Dilly's literary assemblies fon Boswell's Life of Johnson:
My worthy booksellers and friends, Messieurs Dilly in the Poultry, at whose hospitable and well-covered table I have seen a greater number of literary men than at any other, except that of Sir Joshua Reynolds, had invited me to meet Mr. Wilkes and some more gentlemen on Wednesday, 15 May .
"Pray," said I, "let us have Dr. Johnson" — "What, with Mr. Wilkes? not for the world," said Mr. Edward Dilly: "Dr. Johnson would never forgive me." "Come," said I, "if you'll let me negotiate for you, I will be answerable that all will go well." DILLY. "Nay, if you will take it upon you, I am sure I shall be very happy to see them both here."
Notwithstanding the high veneration which I entertained for Dr. Johnson, I was sensible that he was sometimes a little actuated by the spirit of contradiction, and by means of that I hoped I should gain my point. I was persuaded that if I had come upon him with a direct proposal, "Sir, will you dine in company with Jack Wilkes?" he would have flown into a passion, and would probably have answered, "Dine with Jack Wilkes, sir! I'd as soon dine with Jack Ketch." I therefore, while we were sitting quietly by ourselves at his house in an evening, took occasion to open my plan thus:—
BOSWELL. "Mr. Dilly, sir, sends his respectful compliments to you, and would be happy if you would do him the honour to dine with him on Wednesday next along with me, as I must soon go to Scotland."
JOHNSON. "Sir, I am obliged to Mr. Dilly. I will wait upon him."
BOSWELL. "Provided, Sir, I suppose, that the company which he is to have is agreeable to you."
JOHNSON. "What do you mean, Sir? What do you take me for? Do you think I am so ignorant of the world as to imagine that I am to prescribe to a gentleman what company he is to have at his table?"
BOSWELL. "I beg your pardon, sir, for wishing to prevent you from meeting people whom you might not like. Perhaps he may have some of what he calls his patriotic friends with him."
JOHNSON. "Well, sir, and what then? What care I for his patriotic friends? Poh!"
BOSWELL. "I should not be surprised to find Jack Wilkes there."
JOHNSON. "And if Jack Wilkes should be there, what is that to me, sir? My dear friend, let us have no more of this. I am sorry to be angry with you; but really it is treating me strangely to talk to me as if I could not meet any company whatever, occasionally."
BOSWELL. "Pray forgive me, sir: I meant well. But you shall meet whoever comes, for me."
Thus I secured him, and told Dilly that he would find him very well pleased to be one of his guests on the day appointed. [...]
When we entered Mr. Dilly's drawing room, he found himself in the midst of a company he did not know. I kept myself snug and silent, watching how he would conduct himself. I observed him whispering to Mr. Dilly, "Who is that gentleman, sir?"—"Mr. Arthur Lee."—
JOHNSON. "Too, too, too" (under his breath), which was one of his habitual mutterings. Mr. Arthur Lee could not but be very obnoxious to Johnson, for he was not only a Patriot but an American. He was afterwards minister from the United States at the court of Madrid.
"And who is the gentleman in lace?"— "Mr. Wilkes, Sir." This information confounded him still more; he had some difficulty to restrain himself, and taking up a book, sat down upon a window-seat and read, or at least kept his eye upon it intently for some time, till he composed himself. His feelings, I dare say, were awkward enough. But he no doubt recollected his having rated me for supposing that he could be at all disconcerted by any company, and he therefore resolutely set himself to behave quite as an easy man of the world, who could adapt himself at once to the disposition and manners of those wham he might chance to meet.
The cheering sound of "Dinner is upon the table" dissolved his reverie, and we all sat down without any symptom of ill humour. There were present, besides Mr. Wilkes and Mr. Arthur Lee, who was an old companion of mine when he studied physic at Edinburgh, Mr. (now Sir John) Miller, Dr. Lettsom, and Mr. Slater the druggist. Mr. Wilkes placed himself next to Dr. Johnson, and behaved to him with so much attention and politeness, that he gained upon him insensibly. No man ate more heartily than Johnson, or loved better what was nice and delicate. Mr. Wilkes was very assiduous in helping him to some fine veal.
"Pray give me leave, sir: — it is better here. A little of the brownsome fat, sir— a little of the stuffing-some gravy. — Let me have the pleasure of giving you some butter. — Allow me to recommend a squeeze of this orange; — or the lemon, perhaps, may have more zest ." — "Sir, sir, I am obliged to you, sir," cried Johnson, bowing, and turning his head to him with a look for some time of "surly virtue", but, in a short while, of complacency. ...
Mr. Arthur Lee mentioned some Scotch who had taken possession of a barren part of America, and wondered why they should choose it.
JOHNSON. "Why, sir, all barrenness is comparative. The Scotch would not know it to be barren."
BOSWELL. "Come, come, he is flattering the English. You have now been in Scotland, sir, and say if you did not see meat and drink enough there."
JOHNSON. "Why yes, sir; meat and drink enough to give the inhabitants sufficient strength to run away from home."
All these quick and lively sallies were said sportively, quite in jest, and with a smile, which showed that he meant only wit. Upon this topic he and Mr. Wilkes could perfectly assimilate; here was a bond of union between them, and I was conscious that as both of them had visited Caledonia, both were fully satisfied of the strange narrow ignorance of those who imagine that it is a land of famine. But they amused themselves with persevering in the old jokes. When I claimed a superiority for Scotland over England in one respect, that no man can be arrested there for a debt merely because another swears it against him, but there must first be the judgement of a court of law ascertaining its justice; and that a seizure of the person, before judgement is obtained, can take place only if his creditor should swear that he is about to fly from the country, or, as it is technically expressed, is in meditatione fugae —
WILKES. "That, I should think, may be safely sworn of all the Scotch nation."
JOHNSON. (to Mr. Wilkes ). "You must know, sir, I lately took my friend Boswell and showed him genuine civilized life in an English provincial town. I turned him loose at Lichfield, my native city, that he might see for once real civility: for you know he lives among savages in Scotland, and among rakes in London."
WILKES. "Except when he is with grave, sober, decent people like you and me."
JOHNSON. (smiling). "And we ashamed of him." ...
I attended Dr. Johnson home, and had the satisfaction to hear him tell Mrs. Williams how much he had been pleased with Mr. Wilkes's company, and what an agreeable day he had passed.
DILLY, Edward, bookseller, Rose and Crown, 22 Poultry 1755K-1779. Trading: alone 1755K-1763M; with Charles Dilly 1765K-1779. B. 25 July 1732, Southill, Beds., d. 11 May 1779, bun at Southill. App. London bookseller. Succ. John Oswald in Poultry after 1753. Specialised in American exploration and Presbyterian authors. Joined by brother Charles 1765K. His house a great meeting place for literary men including Boswell and Johnson. A great conversationalist, he 'almost literally talked himself to death'. Publ. works of the historian Catherine Macaulay. Publ. The English Pocts. Music imprints c 1765 etc. Trade card Heal coil. Imprints, see under Charles Dilly. DNB; Plomer; Nichols iii 190-93; Timperley 744-45; Humphries and Smith; Hannas; Musgrave.
DISBROW, R. or Benjamin, circulating library, St. Martin's Court 177898. Succ. John Noble q.v. 1778. Library for sale 1798. Hamlyn (sub Noble). Listed as Desbrow 1784B-1785P.
DIVEY, W., printseller and publisher, Blackheath, Kent 1787.
DIXON, Edward, printer, Old Bailey 1791. D. 3 July 1791. Musgrave.
DIXON, John, copperplate printer, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road 1799H; 25, Tottenham Street, Fitzroy Square 1802H; 29, Tottenham Street 1805H-1836P.
DIXON, John, engraver, Spur Street, Leicester Fields 1766-67; Greek Street Soho 1768; Broad Street, opp. Poland Street, Carnaby Market 1769-70; Kempe's Row, opp. Ranelagh Walk, Chelsea 1771-75. B. Dublin c1725; d. after Mar. 1804. Originally silver engraver in Dublin where he studied under F. West at the Dublin Academy. To London c1765. After marriage to a lady of fortune c1771 he carried on engraving only as an amusement. Exhibited Incorporated Society of Artists 1766-75. Best engravings after Reynolds. Westminster Poll 1774 Mo., Ma. DNB; Thieme and Becker; J. C. Smith 203-18.
DIXON, William, music engraver and printer, Guildford c1789; 6, Borough Road, St. George's Fields, London c1790-95; Cambridge c 1800. Engraved his own compositions and those of others. Humphries and Smith.
DIXWELL James, printer, St. Martin's Lane 1761-1785P (no 148 1785P). S. of Alexander D. of Loughborough, gent.; d. 1788. App. John Moore £20 1744, free Sta. Co. 1752, 1760-88 19 apps., 3 premiums average £10. Publ. numerous pamphlets. incl. many medical works. Signed compositors' scale 1785. Joseph Smeeton at his premises 1794. Imprint(s): Kress: 1779: B186; 1783?: B604. Plomer; Howe; Todd.
DOBBINS, Benjamin, bookbinder, 6, Angel Street, St. Martin's le Grand 1799H; 21, Butcher Hall Lane 1802H; 21, Bull and Mouth Street 1805H-1811H. Described as an appraiser 1811H. Howe; Ramsden.
DOBBS, Henry, patent writing paper manufacturer and stationer, 8, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars 1799H-1824P; 2, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars 1825P-1830R+; 13, Soho Square 1826R-1830R+; 134, Fleet Street 1826R. Trading: alone 1799H-1809H; as Dobbs and Pratt 1810P-1815P; as Dobbs and Co. 1816P-1830R+. Fancy stationers to His Majesty 1826P.
DOBBYNS, John, printshop, 18, Little Newport Street 1790U.
DOBSON, John, paper hanging warehouse, Titchfield Street 1790U.
DOBSON, William, stationer, 165, Strand 1796L; 166, Strand 1797L-1825P; 162, Strand 1826R-1830R. Also described as a hardwareman, writing desk and copying machine maker.
DODD, John, engraver and printer, 48, Aldersgate Street 1800P-1819; 50, Aldersgate Street 1819R-1835. Trading: as John Dodd 1800P-1822; as Jonathan Dodd 1822R-1835.
DODD, Jonathan, engraver, 137, Aldersgate Street 1799H.
DODD, Joseph, musical instrument maker and publisher, 11, New Street, Covent Garden 1799H.
DODD, Robert, engraver and printseller, 33, Wapping Wall 1779-82; 32, Edgware Road 1782-87; 20, New Road, Marylebone 1788; Alsop Buildings, New Road 1792-93; 22, Lisson Green 1795-98; 41, Charing Cross 1799H-1816. B. 1748: d. 1816. Landscape and marine painter. Engraved and published many of own works. Exhibited Society of Artists 1780, Royal Academy 17821809. Bro. prob. Ralph who lived at same address in Wapping. Their works often confused. Imprint(s): Abbey: 1788: AT213. DNB; Thieme and Becker; Graves.
DODD, T., violin maker and music printer, 11, New Street, Covent Garden 1795; 92, St. Martin's Lane 181lH-1819R. Music imprint 1795. Humphries and Smith. The same as Thomas Dodd?
DODD, Thomas, printseller and auctioneer, Lambeth Marsh 1796-1799H; Tavistock Street, Covent Garden 1798; 20, Tavistock Street 1802H-1805H; 101, St. Martin's Lane 1806-1813P; Manchester 1819-25; Leicester Street 1825-27. B. 7 July 1771, Spitalfields, s. of Thomas D., tailor; d. 17 Aug. 1850, Liverpool. After an adventurous youth he worked as an itinerant musician, tailor, footman, schoolmaster and clerk. He studied engraving and after opening his business gained a great knowledge of the craft, beginning a dictionary of engravers eventually extending to 30 ms vols. never fully published. His stock grew immense. As well as his auction rooms in St Martin's Lane he held many sales in the provinces. His business declined after 1817. Later foreman to Martin Colnaghi. Catalogued several collections of prints incl. the Douce collection at the Bodleian Library. DNB.
DODDINGTON, printers' joiner, 21, Cow Lane, Smithfield 1785P.
DODDINGTON, James, printers' joiner, 4, Christopher Court, St. Martin's 1796-99. Trading: Westminster Poll 1796: F., T. Todd.
DODSLEY, James, bookseller Pall Mall 1759-1797 (no. 59 1779K-1788K; no. 65 1789L-1797L). B. 1724 near Mansfield, Notts.; d. 19 Feb. 1797 aged 74, bur. St. James, Westminster. Free Sta. Co. redemption and livery 3 Dec. 1754, court 6 Dec. 1785, fined for master 1791. Partner with elder brother Robert who quit business 1759. Successful case in Court of Session, Scotland against Elliott and MacFarquhar of Edinburgh for reprinting Lord Chesterfield's letters to his son, 18 July 1775. Bequeathed £100 by William Bowyer 1776. Suggested tax on receipts to Rockingham administration 1782. Nominated sheriff, refused to serve and fined 1786. Sold 18,000 copies of Burke's Reflections on the French Revolution 1790. For many years a wholesale dealer in books, keeping no shop. Lost £2,500 stock in a fire in an uninsured warehouse. Kept a carriage though anxious that his friends should not know it. Purchased an estate near Chiselhurst, Kent. Member of the Congeries club. Port. by Reynolds. Property £70,000 willed mainly to nephews and nieces, £320 to Sta. Co. Bro. Robert 22 years his senior d. 1764. Imprint(s): Kress: 1775: A7081-82, 708485, 7093, 7115, 7125, 7148, 7182-83; 1776: A7209, 7220; 1777: B15, 48, 75; 1778: B104-05, 132, 147-48, 150; 1779: B213; 1780: B261, 264, 266, 302; 1782: B497; 1783: S5013; 1784: B684-85; 1785: S5061; 1788: B1410. DNB; Nichols iii, 281, 605, vi, 437-39; Timperley 735, 793-94; Blagden.
DOMVILLE, Charles, stationer and bookseller, 95, Cornhill 1784B-1785P. Livery Sta. Co. by 1781. City Poll 1781: L. Stockbroker by 1792. see also Sir William Domville.
DOMVILLE, Sir William, stationer and bookseller, Royal Exchange, 95, Cornhill 1767K-1790U. Trading: with Charles Domville 1784B-1785P. Livery Sta. Co. by 1781. City Poll 1781: L. Gent. in St. Albans by 1792. Alderman Queenhithe ward 1806-21, sheriff 1804-05, Lord mayor 1814- 15, created baronet June 1814. Copubl. Ainsworth's Dictionary 1775. Plomer; Nichols ix, 706; Beavan.
DONALDSON, Alexander, bookseller, Edinburgh 175063; 195, Strand 1763-1775N; 48, St. Paul's Churchyard 1776K-c1788. D. Mar. 1794 near Edinburgh. Partner with brother John in Strand to 1775N. Issued cheap reprints of books he considered out of copyright to the annoyance of Dr Johnson and others. His attitude to perpetual copyright expressed in Some thoughts on the state of literary property 1764. Bought property at Broughton Hall near Edinburgh 1786. Imprint(s): Kress: 1779: B204. Plomer; Musgrave.
DONALDSON, John, bookseller, 195, corner of Arundel Street, Strand 1763-1777N; 188, Strand 1778K-1782K. Partner with brother Alexander to 1775N. Music imprint 1775. Westminster Poll 1774: Pe., Cl. Imprint(s): Kress: 1780: B279. Plomer; Humphries and Smith.
DONLEVY, Chnstopher, engraver and enameller, 19, Plow Court 1790U.
DONLEVY, T., engraver, 3, Charles Street, Hatton Garden 1799H.
DONOVON, Elias, engraver, Mead's Row, Lambeth 1799H.
DORMARS, James, stationer, Islington c1794U.
DOUCE, Jacob, printseller and publisher, at the Hustings, Covent Garden and in Drury Lane 1784. BM Satires.
DOUGHTY, Hanry, paper hanging maker and undertaker, Great Charles Street, Westminster 1799H.
DOUGHTY, William, engraver, 4, Little Titchfield Street 1779; 24, Little Titchfield Street 1779; 31, Charlotte Street 1779. B. Yorkshire; d. 1782, Lisbon. Active in Yorkshire 1773. Pupil at Sir Joshua Reynolds' 1775-78. Left for Ireland, but finding no success there he soon returned much depressed and began to devote himself to mezzotint engraving. Married Margaret Joy, a servant in Reynolds' house 1780. With her started for Bengal but ship captured and he was taken to Lisbon where he died. Exhibited Royal Academy 1776-79. DBN; Thieme and Becker; Graves; J. C. Smith 218-21.
DOUGLAS, John, bookbinder, London 1779. S. of William D., of New England, mariner. App. William Goodman of Greenwich 5 Dec. 1769; turned over to Thomas Palmer 8 June 1773, free Sta. Co. 2 Mar. 1779. Son Joseph bookbinder free 1815, livery 1820, deceased 1842. Howe; Ramsden.
DOUGLAS, Thomas, stationer and vellum binder, Aldersgate Street 1777-83; no 122 1784B-1791. D. 10 Aug. 1791. App. Philip Oriel, free Merchant Taylors' Co. 2 Mar. 1763, livery 29 Apr. 1785, apps. Richard Gardiner 3 Sept. 1777, Thomas Ingram Baker 18 Apr. 1782, James Howell 3 Sept. 1783, John Dakin 6 Apr. 1785. Musgrave; Howe.
DOW, I., printseller and publisher, Durham Yard 1798. BM Satires.
DOWLER, George, stationer and bookseller, 7, London Road, St. George's Fields 1799H-1809H.
DOWLING, J., stationer, 29, Great Alie Street 1799H. Succ. by George Dowling, bookseller and circulating library 1805H- 1830R+.
DOWLING, Vincent, publisher, corner Exeter Change, Strand 1787; 30, Lincoln's Inn Fields 1805H. Publ. The World 1787. Bookseller and patent medicine vendor 1805H.
DOWNES and PRICE, print warehouse, 16, Friday Street 1799H. Elsewhere described as calico printers.
DOWNES, Charles John, engraver and printer, 112, Fetter Lane 1790U-1817U.
DOWNES, Joseph, printer, 183, Fleet Street 1789-90; 240, Temple Bar, Strand 1793-1830; Black Horse Alley, Fleet Street 1790; 18, Little Shire Lane, Temple Bar 1808. D. 15 July 1830. Registered presses 1799. Printer to the police, printed The police gazette 1799-1828. Printed General advertiser 1789-90, 1799-1808, Sunday chronicle 1790, Tomahawk 1795-96. Office and stock of books destroyed by fire 20 June 1818. Imprint(s): Kress: 1793: B2245-6; 1794: B2676. BM Satires 1793-94. Todd; Timperley 867.
DOWNMAN, Hugh, stationer, Union Street 1796. Westminster Poll 1796: F., T.
DOWSE and FLEMING, stationers, Lincoln's Inn Gateway 1790U.
DOWSE, Jacob, printseller and publisher, near Turnstile, Holborn 1791. BM Satires.
DRABLE, Enoch, bookbinder, King Street, Golden Square 1784. Westminster Poll 1784: H., W.
DRACEY, I., printseller and publisher, Paternoster Row 1787. BM Satires.
DRAPER, Henry Harcourt, printer, Leicester Place, Leicester Square 1799. Registered press 'for printing the literary works of Charles Dibdin, Esq. only' 1799. Todd.
DRAPER, Richard, engraver, Cross Key Court Moorfields 1799H.
DRAYSEY, John, copperplate printer, London 1795-c1811. S. of John D. of St. Thomas Southwark, porter. App. John Basire 19 Jan. 1778, free Clockmakers' Co. 12 Oct. 1795.
DREW, John, printer, bookseller and stationer, 31, Fetter Lane 1785P-1811H. D. 22 Dec. 1815 aged 72. Formerly journeyman printer, compositor for Bowyer and Nichols. Publ cat. 1791. Registered press 1799. In 1812 annuitant of Bowyer, being totally blind since about 1785. George Larrance at 31, Fetter Lane 1808. Todd; Nichols iii, 641; Timperley 862; Darlington and Howgego.
DREW, John, bookbinder, Moorfields 1793. S. of James D. of Fleet street, gingerbread baker. App. Joseph Demonseau 6 Apr. 1773, free Sta. Co. 2 May 1780, 1 app. 1793. Howe; Ramsden.
DRIVER, ballstock turner, 11, Fleet Street, Fleet Market 1785P.
DRUCE, Thomas, law stationer, corner of Staple Inn Gate, Holborn 1763M-1792K; Chancery Lane 1774K-1788K; 23, Chancery Lane 1789L-1801P; 2, Holborn Bars 1784B-1799H; 48, Chancery Lane 1802H-1830R+. Trading: alone 1763M-1814P; as Druce and Crosier 1815P-1830R+. Free Innholders Co. by 1777, livery by 1792. Described as writer and engrosser of law hands 1 763 M.
DRURY, John Isaac, punchcutter and typefounder, 62, Chiswell Street c1800. D. by 1825. Worked for Elizabeth Caslon II q.v. c1800. Reed.
DRURY, Walter, stationer, 41, Union Street, Bishopsgate Street 1799H-1800P. P. Drury, haberdasher, at same address 1799H.
DUCKWORTH, John, music engraver, printer and publisher, 1, Catherine Street, Strand c1777-80. Poss. same as J. Duckworth, 3, Oakley Street, near the Asylum, Lambeth who publ. a song c1795 or John Duckworth, musician, 6, Paradise Row, Lambeth 1805. Humphries and Smith.
DUCREST, Charles Lewis, Jermyn Street, Westminster 1788. Patent no. 1622 for paper for construction 1788.
DUFF, S., music seller and printer, 79, Swallow Street, Hanover Square 1787. Advertised sonatas by George Baker 1787. Humphries and Smith.
DUFFIN, James, stationer, 17, Holywell Street 1792K.
DUFFIN, Richard, stationer, 17, Holywell Street 1791K-1792U.
DUKE, Richard, music seller and musical instrument maker, 53, opp. Great Turnstile, Holborn c1760-1783. D. 1783. Notable violin maker, publ. some music. Succ. by daughter Mrs. A. Paris (or Paas q.v.). Humphries and Smith.
DULAU, A. B. and Co., printers and French booksellers, 37, Soho Square 1800-43. Sometimes described as B. Dulau and Co. Ran circulating library. Imprint(s): Kress: 1798: B3592. Brown; Kaufmann.
DUMITAN, Lewis, bookseller Great Marlborough Street 1797. Bankrupt 30 May 1797, cert. 12 Aug. 1797.
DUNCAN, William, bookseller, 71, Chancery Lane 1794B; 17, High Holborn 1799H-1802H.
DUNDAS, William, Chertsey 1799. Registered press 1799.
DUNDERDALE, Thomas, stationer, Portland Street 1774. Westminster Poll 1774: Mo., Ma.
DUNKARTON, Robert, engraver, Market Street, Newport Market 1769; 35, opp. Villers Street, Strand 1770-76; 452, opp. Villiers Street, Strand 1777-1810. B. 1744, London; d. c1817. Pupil of Pether, Poland Street 1769. At first portrait painter but no longer exhibited after 1779. Mezzotint works dated 1770-1811.Exhibited Society of Artists 1768-71; Royal Academy 1770-79. Westminster Poll 1796: F., T. Mary Dunkarton, haberdasher at 452, Strand 1809H. DNB: Thieme and Becker; Graves; J. C. Smith 221-37.
DUNN, stationer, see Charles Coles.
DUNN, Joseph, bookseller and stationer, Walworth 1799H.
DUPPA, James, paper hanging manufacturer, 39, Bow Lane 1791-93; 42, Lombard Street 1794B-1795K; 34, Old Broad Street 1796-1797L; 4, Bull Head Court 1802H; 314, Oxford Street 1805H-1881; 309, Oxford Street 1882+. Trading: as James Duppa 1791-1811H; as Duppa and Slodden 1811H-1817; as Duppa, Slodden and Co. 1818P-1821P; as Duppa Slodden and Collins 1822R-1837; as Duppa and Collins 1838-62; as Purdie, Cowtan & Co. 1863-68; as Cowtan and Manooch 1868-72; as Cowtan and Sons 1872+. Livery Sta. Co. 9 Jun 1789. Mawer Cowtan joined the firm 1833. Took over Crace business 1899. Sugden and Edmondson 108, 201.
DUPONT, Gainsborough, engraver, 87, Pall Mall 1783-92; 17, Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square 1793-97. B. c1754; d 20 Jan. 1797, Fitzroy Square. Maternal nephew and pupil of Thomas Gainsborough some of whose work he finished. Exhibited Royal Academy 1790-95. Most of his mezzotints after Gainsborough. DNB; Thieme and Becker; J. C. Smith 237-42.
DURAND, George, printseller, 237, Holborn 1790U-1791. Bankrupt 22 Jan. 1791, cert. 7 May 1791, div. 21 Apr. 1792.
DURHAM, Thomas, bookseller, Plato's Head, near Round Court, Strand 1753; Golden Ball, Savoy, over against Exeter Change n.d.; over against Ivy Bridge n.d.; Strand, near Norfolk Street 1763M; Charing Cross 1767K; Cockspur Street, Charing Cross 1768K-1801P (no. 6 1784B-1785P; no. 34 1798K-1801P). With D. Wilson 1753. Held shares in most important publications of the time. Bankrupt Aug. 1778, cert. 5 Dec. 1778, div. 15 Jan. 1784, bankrupt again 17 Jan. 1791,cert. 14 June 1791. Plomer.
DURNFORD, stationer, see Herbert and Durnford.
DUROUSSET, John, print merchant and picture dealer, 13, Panton Street, Haymarket 1799H-1809H; 13, Leicester Square 1811H.
DURY, Andrew, map seller and engraver, Duke's Court, St. Martin's Lane 1771-77. Darlington and Howgego.
DUSSEK, Jan Ladislav, music seller, musical instrument maker and composer, see Domenico Corri.
DUTTON, Robert, bookseller and print publisher, 10, Birchin Lane, Cornhill 1797-1802H; 45, Gracechurch Street 1803-17. Ran circulating library 1802-1811 H. Took over library from Vernor and Hood and moved it to a more convenient house 1796. Coal and wine merchant 1818P+. Brown; Hamlyn; J.C.Smith 754 (as R.Dalton).
DYMOTT, Mary, bookbinder, Strand 1780; Warwick Court 1785. 2 apps., 1780, 1785. Widow of Richard Dymott. Howe; Ramsden.
DYMOTT, Richard, bookbinder and bookseller, Clare Court 1757; opp. Somerset House, Strand 1757-76. D. 1778/9. S. of Walter D. of St. Clement Danes, gent. App. Benjamin Stichall of Drury Lane, bookbinder and bookseller 7 Mar. 1749, free Sta. Co. 1 Mar. 1757, livery 7 July 1761, 1757-76 6 apps. Noted for marbling and velvet bindings. Binder to Duke of Gloucester. Succ. by widow Mary. Publ. cats. of stock. Plomer; Howe; Ramsden.
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