Caesar Ward

(1710—1759) bookseller and historian

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English booksellers and printers. Apprenticed to Robert Gosling in London, Caesar set up business there in 1732. He and his partner, Richard Chandler, added shops in Scarborough and York, and published a range of titles, including several law books. In 1739, they took over the York Courant. However, Chandler’s reckless publishing behaviour led to his suicide in 1744 and to Ward's bankruptcy in 1745. Ward turned historian, collaborating with Francis Drake on a Parliamentary History of England; his wife Ann continued publishing. She is best known for printing the first edition of Tristram Shandy.

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