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Nichols, John, 1745-1826

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    • Urban, Sylvanus, 1745-1826
    • Nichols, J. (John), 1745-1826
    • J. N. (John Nichols), 1745-1826
    • N., J. (John Nichols), 1745-1826
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        Islington (London, England)
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    • found: Trusler, J. The works of William Hogarth, 1833:t.p. (J. Nichols)
    • found: Young, W. Observations preliminary to a proposed amendment of the poor laws, 1788:imprint on t.p. (John Nichols)
    • found: Vince, S. An investigation of the principles of progressive and rotatory motion, 1780:imprint on t.p. (J. Nichols, successor to Mr. Bowyer)
    • found: Maxted, I. London book trades, 1775-1800, 1978(Nichols, John, printer, Whitefriars 1766; 4, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street 1767-1820; 10, King Street, Westminster 1817-1830; 25, Parliament Street 1818-1830; b. 2 Feb. 1745; d. 26 Nov. 1826; associated with Gentleman's Magazine from 1778, sole manager from 1792 to death)
    • found: DNB(Nichols, John, 1745-1826, important literary work began in 1775, when he edited an additional volume of Swift's 'Works', which was followed by 'A supplement to Dr. Swift's Works, with explanatory notes' in two volumes, in 1776 and 1779. In 1776 he edited the 'Original works' of William King, D.C.L., in three volumes; he was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, and became an honorary member of the Society of Antiquaries at Edinburgh in 1781, and received a similare honour from the Society of Antiquaries at Perth in 1785; 1783 Domesday Book was published on a plan projected by Nichols; Nichols revised the second edition of the 'Biographical Dictionary', 1784, adding hundreds of new lives; and he afterwards greatly assisted Chalmers in the enlarged edition of 1812-17; in 1787 Nichols edited the 'Works, in verse and prose, of Leonard Welsted, esq., now first collected, with notes and memoirs of the author.'; the 'Progresses and public processions of Queen Elizabeth, illustrated with historical notes by John Nichols', was published, with Gough's assistance, in 1788. A third volume was added in 1805, and part 1 of a fourth volume in 1821; a new edition of the whole work appeared in 1823 in three volumes; in 1804 he was elected master of the Stationers' Company; other works are: 'Islington: a poem', 1763; 'The birds of Parnassus', 1763 and 1764).
    • found: A collection of all the wills, now known to be extant, of the kings and queens of England, princes and princesses of Wales, and every branch of the blood royal, from the reign of William the Conqueror, to that of Henry the Seventh exclusive, 1780:p. viii (J.N.)
    • found: DNB online, Jan. 21, 2014(access point: Nichols, John; printer and writer; born Feb. 2, 1745 in Islington, Middlesex, eldest of 6 children of Edward Nichols, baker, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Wilmot of Beckingham, Lincolnshire; learned printer's trade at the Bowyer printing office, William Bowyer the younger, master; twice married: 1) Anne, daughter of William Cradock of Leicester, Jun. 23, 1766; died Feb. 18, 1776 2) Martha, daughter of William Green of Hinckley, Jun. 11, 1778; died 1788; died Nov. 26, 1829 at home in Highbury Place, Islington; buried Dec. 5th)
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    • [Not to be confused with John Nichols, printer in London, at Earl's Court, Leicester Square 1796-1824; No. 5, 1799-1817; No. 7, 1802-1824 (cf. Maxted)]
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