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Ibn al-Bawwāb Qur’ān MS

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‘Alī ibn al-Bawwāb, one of the three founders of classical Arabic and Islamic calligraphy, was credited with reforming its cursive hands, particularly naskh. Only a Qur’ān, dated 1001, in...

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Haldeman-Julius Co.

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US publisher of the ‘Little Blue Books’ series. The firm sold more than 300 million copies of 6,000 individual titles between 1919 and 1949. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius—the self-educated,...

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Higginbothams Bookstore

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India’s oldest bookshop began as the Wesleyan Book Depot in 1844 in Madras (Chennai). Abel Higginbotham bought it from its missionary founders, passing it to his son in 1891. In ...

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Ulrich Hoepli

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 (1847–1935) Swiss Protestant founder of the Milan publishing house and bookshop of the same name.

He purchased the Laengner bookshop in 1870, published his first title in 1871 (a...

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Mark Hofmann

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 (1954– ) American counterfeiter.

Hofmann forged several Mormon scriptures, including the ‘Anthon Transcript’, allegedly transcribed by the religion’s founder, Joseph Smith, from...

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Lampeter University Library

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Founded in 1822 for Anglican clergy, St David’s College amassed strong holdings through its Founders’ Library—including the personal collection bequeathed by Thomas Burgess, bishop of St...

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Friedrich Christoph Perthes

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 (1772–1843) German bookseller and publisher.

Co-founder in 1825 of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, he was an important commentator on the German book trade. In 1796 he...

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Józef Maksymilian Ossoliński

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 (1748–1826) Polish bibliophile and literary historian,

founder in 1817 of the Ossoliński National Institute at Vienna. After his death, his collection—comprising nearly 20,000...

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Carl Ernst Poeschel

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 (1874–1944) German printer, publisher, and typographer in Leipzig.

He played an important part in the revival of German book arts and was co-founder of Janus-Presse, the first...

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Marsh's Library, Archbishop

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Named after its founder Narcissus Marsh (1638–1713), archbishop of Dublin, this was the first public library in Ireland (see lending libraries and reference libraries). Built in St...

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Ronald Brunlees McKerrow

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(1872–1940)

Bibliographer and editor, co-founder of the Malone Society, 1906. He became joint secretary of the Bibliographical Society, 1912, and in 1925 founded the Review of...

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Gershom ben Solomon Kohen

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 (d. 1544) First printer of Hebrew books in Prague, founder of a dynasty of Ashkenazic printers, known as the Gersonides.

He introduced the use of Ashkenazic square and cursive...

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Senāpati Fakirmohan

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 (1843–1918) Poet, linguist, social reformer, pioneer of modern Oriya literature, and founder of Utkal Press,

the first printing press in Baleswar, in 1868. He edited magazines,...

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Prabhāt Kumār Ghoṣ

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 (1917–2004) Founder of Eastend Printers,

Calcutta (Kolkata), 1950. Arguably India’s finest hot-metal era printing office for scholarly books in English, Eastend closed in the...

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Zinovii Isaevich Grzhebin

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 (1877–1929) Editor

of the satirical magazine Zhupel (Bugbear) (1905–6) and founder of the publishing house Shipovnik (1906). He became the technical editor of the ‘*World...

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Robert H. Dodd

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 (1847–1934) American antiquarian book dealer.

The brother of F. H. Dodd (founder of Dodd, Mead), R. H. Dodd built a rare books and MSS division (1873–1910) within the firm. His ...

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Isaac Collins

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 (1746–1817) Quaker printer, publisher, bookseller.

Founder of an early printing office in New Jersey (1770–96), Collins published the state’s first regular newspaper, the New-Jers...

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E. R. McClintock Dix

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 (1857–1936) Irish bibliographer and book collector.

Founder in 1918 of the Bibliographical Society of Ireland, he published extensively on Dublin and provincial printing. His...

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Friedrich-Wilhelm Kleukens

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 (1878–1956) German book designer.

Co-founder of the private press Steglitzer Werkstatt, he directed the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse (1907–14) and collaborated with his brother Christian...

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Frederick Noel Lawrence Poynter

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Appointed a junior assistant of the then Wellcome Historical Medical Library in 1930—during the final phase of its founder's wide-ranging acquisitions—he became librarian in 1953....

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