John How

(c. 1657—1719) bookseller and printer

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Probably the twin brother of the printer Job How, John was apprenticed to B. Harris, but may not have trained as a printer, trading chiefly as a bookseller until 1699. He then became involved with printing periodicals, often satirical and anti-Catholic, including the Observator, which led Queen Anne to call for his apprehension in 1703. One of his final works was a pamphlet on printing and copyright (1709).

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