Nichols, John, 1745-1826

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John Nichols (1745-1826) apprenticed as a printer in London with William Bowyer, and then entered into a partnership with Bowyer from 1767 until Bowyer's death in 1777. He served as printer, editor, and part-owner of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1778 until his death, and was a prolific editor and author of scholarly works.

From the guide to the Papers, 1777-1822., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

John Nichols (1745-1826) was one of the most prominent London printers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. As his business grew, he also became a respected editor, biographer, and antiquary. His most notable works include the Gentleman's Magazine, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica, The Literary Anecdotes of the 18th Century, and a number of county histories, including the acclaimed History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester. A number of engravings in this final title were executed by Barak Longmate the younger (1768-1836), who was a longtime friend and assistant to Nichols. Longmate shared Nichols' interest in antiquarian subjects and specialized in the engraving of coats of arms.

From the description of Accounts with the engraver Barak Longmate, 1807-1816. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702182394

John Nichols apprenticed as a printer with William Bowyer, and then entered into a partnership with Bowyer from 1767 until Bowyer's death in 1777. He served as printer, editor, and part-owner of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1778 until his death, and was a prolific editor and author of scholarly works.

From the description of Papers, 1777-1822. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 85213345

English printer and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : Hyley, to John Newdigate Ludford, 1824 Aug. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611481

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creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Autograph letter signed with initials : Hyley, to John Newdigate Ludford, 1824 Aug. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf J. Nichols and Son. Nichols family papers relating chiefly to The gentleman's magazine [manuscript], 1778-1873 (bulk 1830-1860). Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Pegge, Samuel, 1733-1800. [Notes for a supplement to "A glossary of provincial and local words used in England" by Francis Grose, etc.] [manuscript] / [by Samuel Pegge the younger]. King's College London
creatorOf Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794. Letter to [John Nichols]. Lausanne, Switzerland. 1792 Feb. 24. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Nichols and Son vs. Henry Fawcett, Esq. : arbitration papers re Mssrs. Nichols and Son vs. Henry Fawcett, Esq. : [with] a statement of case on behalf of Mr. Nichols [by] Devon & Tooke, [solicitors of Gray's Inn], ca. 1813. Grolier Club
creatorOf Sargeant, William. William Sargeant manuscript, Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54, Undated [c. 1800-1810?]. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794. Letter to [John Nichols]. Lausanne, Switzerland. 1793 Jan. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Accounts with the engraver Barak Longmate, 1807-1816. Yale University, Yale Center for British Art
referencedIn Douce, Francis, 1757-1834,. Autograph letter signed from Francis Douce to various recipients [manuscript], 1807-1833. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf England and Wales. Sovereign (1558-1603 : Elizabeth I). New Year's gift roll of Elizabeth I, Queen of England [manuscript], 1578/9 January 1. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Papers, 1777-1822. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Burney, Charles, 1726-1814,. Johnsoniana, 1712-1916 (inclusive), 1773-1836 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Bowyer, William, 1699-1777. William Bowyer papers, 1674-1874. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mansel, William Lort, 1753-1820. Letter, 1818. Florida State University
referencedIn Miscellaneous photostatic and photographic reproductions of manuscripts, circa, 1900-1999 Houghton Library.
referencedIn Johnsoniana, 1712-1916 (inclusive), 1773-1836 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Nichols, J. B. (John Bowyer), 1779-1863. Nichols family correspondence, ca. 1780-1870. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Seward, Anna, 1742-1809. Letter : to John Nichols : 1785 Oct. 12. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters from others sent to Thomas Cadell, 1766-1825. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ashby, George, 1724-1808,. Letter from George Ashby to [Mr. Nichols]̤ [manuscript], 1781 January 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Ives, John, 1751-1776. Memoir & letters of John Ives Esq. F.R. & A.S. : Suffolk Herald together with portions of his journal & album & the sale catalogue of his library, 1771-1804. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
creatorOf John Nichols & Sons. John Nichols & Sons correspondence, 1764-1832. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Bowyer, William, 1663-1737. The Bowyer ledgers : the printing accounts of William Bowyer, father and son, 1710-1781. Grolier Club
referencedIn James Boswell letters, 1762-1795. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hunter, Joseph, 1783-1861,. Autograph letter signed from Joseph Hunter, Bath, to Mr. Urban [i.e. John Nichols], London [manuscript], 1832 October 19. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Pegge, Samuel, 1733-1800. [Collectanea glossographica] [manuscript] / [by Samuel Pegge the younger]. King's College London
creatorOf Hoadly, John, 1711-1776,. Copy of extract of letter from John Hoadly to Dr. Warton [manuscript], 18th century. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn William Bowyer papers, 1674-1874 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Murray, John. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Nichols, J. B. (John Bowyer), 1779-1863,. Obituary of literary men and others, 1701-1857, compiled by John Bowyer Nichols [manuscript], 1857. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812,. Autograph letter signed from Edmond Malone, London, to John Nichols [manuscript], 1799 January 4. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Disney, John, 1745-1816. Correspondence and associated items, 1773-1845. Grolier Club
referencedIn Eighteenth-century English Booksellers' papers, 1743-1781. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Nichols family. Nichols family correspondence, 1769-1873. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Shee, Martin Archer, 1769-1850. Autograph letter signed : Cavendish Square [London], to [John Thomas] Smith, British Museum, 1818 Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Burney family. Burney family collection, 1767-1903 (bulk 1790-1825). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Chalmers, Alexander, 1759-1834. Autograph letter signed : [London] to [Sylvanus] Urban [pseud. of John Nichols], 1816 Oct. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Pinkerton, John, 1758-1826. John Pinkerton letters, 1775 Dec 14-1815 Jan 31. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
referencedIn Nichols Papers, 1742-1872 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Correspondence of Richard Gough, John Nichols and J.B. Nichols concerning the second edition of, The history and antiquities of the county of Dorset, 1770-1817 University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
creatorOf Damer, Anne Seymour, 1748 or 9-1828. Autograph letter signed : East Sheen, to an unidentified recipient, 1817 Nov. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Autograph letter signed : to Rev. Edmund Ferrer, 1804 Mar. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Nichols family collection on the Palace of Westminster, circa 1650-1905, undated., 1800-1840. Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
creatorOf Cobbett, William, 1763-1835. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to John Nichols in London, 1797 Aug. 01. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Taylor, John, 1757-1832. Autograph letter signed : Golden Square [London], to J.B. Nicholls [sic], 1826 Sept. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. Autograph Collection of Alexander Irvine. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Sherbo, Arthur, 1918-. Letters to Mr. Urban of the Gentleman's magazine, 1751-1824 / by Arthur Sherbo. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Autograph album, 1667-1823. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
referencedIn Upcott, William, 1779-1845,. [Collection of letters on antiquarian subjects], 18th century. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Jebb, John, 1775-1833. Autograph letter signed : Abington, Limerick, to John Nichols, 1819 May 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Paste-up and manuscript catalog [scrapbook], [ca. 1810] Grolier Club
creatorOf Fick, John Christian. Letter, 1795, July 7, Erlangen, Ger., to John Nichols. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Burney family collection, 1767-1903, 1790-1825 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1738-1840 (inclusive), 1784-1837 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Sargeant manuscript, Collectanea: Voyages and Travels, vol. 54, Sargeant, William, Undated [c. 1800-1810?] William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Papers of the Nichols Family, Printers and Publishers, 1785-1854 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
creatorOf Foot, Jesse, 1744-1826. Papers, 1810-1826, [London]. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Nichols family. Nichols family papers, 1713-1874, [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hayley, William, 1745-1820. Autograph letter signed : Felpham, to John Nichols, 1816 Apr. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Williams, David, 1738-1816,. Autograph letter from David Williams, the Literary Fund, to Mr. Nichols [manuscript], 1807 March 24. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Papers, 1777-1822. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Nichols, John, 1745-1826. A collection of newspapers, 95 folio volumes. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Autograph letter signed from William Lort Mansel (1753-1820) Bishop of Bristol to John Nichols (1745-1826), November 2, 1818
referencedIn Samuel Johnson letters, 1731-1784. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Commentary on a certain physician [manuscript], 18th century. Folger Shakespeare Library
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Great Britain
England--London
England--London
Subject
Book industries and trade
Illustration of books
engraving
Engraving--Specimens--1807-1816
Printers--19th century
Printers
Chron--1807-1816
Publishers and publishing--19th century
Engravers
English newspapers--Bibliography--Catalogs
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Function

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Birth 1745-02-02

Death 1826-11-26

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Undetermined,

English

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