William Bulmer

(1757—1830) printer

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In 1790, Bulmer established the Shakspeare Press. His London company printed in William Martin’s typeface several distinctive folios, including the works of Shakespeare and Milton, and Boydell’s History of the River Thames with coloured aquatints (1794–6). Appointed printer to the Royal Society in 1791, Bulmer’s productions ranged from sixteen books for the Roxburghe Club—perhaps the first book club—to pamphlets and auction catalogues.

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