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Thomas Carnan

(1737—1788) printer and bookseller


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Carnan is remembered chiefly for destroying the Stationers’ Company almanac-printing monopoly in 1773. Having printed almanacs for years in flagrant breach of the monopoly, Carnan was prosecuted unsuccessfully by the company, which thus lost its monopoly after a lengthy period of sporadic opposition. Carnan traded for some years with, and then partly succeeded, his stepfather, J. Newbery.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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