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Nathaniel Ponder

(1640—1699) bookseller


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Based in Chancery Lane, Ponder's unlicensed publishing of Nonconformist material led to conflict with the Stationers’ Company and L’Estrange, notably over the publication of libellous work by Marvell, for which Ponder was briefly imprisoned in 1676. His most successful enterprise being the publication of ThePilgrim's Progress, he was sometimes known as ‘Bunyan Ponder’. Despite this, his last years were marked by debt and litigation over piracy.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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