Henry Herringman

(1628—1704) bookseller

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One of a line of literary publishers, Herringman set up business and married Alice Abel in 1653, shortly after he became free of the Stationers’ Company. He soon began buying copyrights, starting with Kenelm Digby’s translation of Albertus Magnus’ Treatise Adhering to God, and became associated with Moseley and with Dryden, who may have been employed to write material for Herringman. Moseley’s death in 1661 gave Herringman the opportunity to acquire the copyright to works by Cowley, Crashaw, Donne, and Suckling among others. His business survived the Great Fire intact; thereafter he concentrated on publishing belles-lettres, specializing in collected editions of major authors. Herringman was one of the great literary booksellers of the 17th century; Tonson can be regarded as his successor.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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