Thomas Kerslake

(1812—1891) bookseller

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Exeter-born, he moved to Bristol and set up shop with his brother-in-law, Samuel Cornish, in Barton Alley (1830–39), and then, on his own, in Park Street (1839–c.1870). Much of his extensive stock, including books from Bewick’s library, was lost in an 1860 fire. A self-taught man of ‘strong character and somewhat defiant temper’, he produced catalogues—e.g. of books from Daylesford House (1854) and Prior Park (1857)—that were, said one obituary, ‘curiosities of learning’.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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