Bowyer, William, 1663-1737

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William Bowyer (1699-1777) was the son of printer William Bowyer (1663-1737). He was placed by his father as a sizar at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1716. Without finishing his degree, Bowyer began working for his father in 1722. Bowyer often printed scholarly and literary works. In 1729 he was appointed to print votes of the House of Commons, and in 1761 was appointed printer for the Royal Society. He also wrote and published some of his own works. A notable apprentice of Bowyers's was John Nichols, whom Bowyer later made a full partner.

From the guide to the William Bowyer papers, 1674-1874, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

William Bowyer the elder set up as a master printer in 1699 and his son, William Bowyer the younger, formally joined the business in 1722. After serving for many years as master printer, he succeeded to the ownership and control of the business on his father's death and ran it until his.

Own death in 1777. From 1759 on John Nichols served as his apprentice and from 1766 as his partner, inheriting the business on Bowyer's death. Nichols appears to have closed the Bowyer accounts in 1781. Joseph Iliffe, a hosier, was a friend of Bowyer the younger who closed out his accounts in the years immediately following his death.

From the description of The Bowyer ledgers : the printing accounts of William Bowyer, father and son, 1710-1781. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122530277

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creatorOf Bowyer, William, 1663-1737. The Bowyer ledgers : the printing accounts of William Bowyer, father and son, 1710-1781. Grolier Club
referencedIn Bowyer, William, 1699-1777. William Bowyer papers, 1674-1874. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf William Bowyer papers, 1674-1874 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Nichols family. Nichols family papers, 1713-1874, [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Bonwicke, Ambrose, 1652-1722 person
associatedWith Bowyer, William, 1699-1737. person
associatedWith Bowyer, William, 1699-1777. person
associatedWith Clarke, Edward, 1730-1786 person
associatedWith Clarke, James Stanier, 1765? -1834 person
associatedWith Clarke, William, 1696-1771 person
associatedWith Fleeman, J. R. person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Lancaster, John, 1943- person
associatedWith Markland, Catherine. person
associatedWith Markland, Jeremiah, 1693-1776 person
associatedWith Maslen, K. I. D. person
associatedWith Nichols family. family
associatedWith Nichols, John, 1745-1826. person
associatedWith Strode, William, 1600 or 1601-1645 person
associatedWith Williams, Moses, 1685-1742 person
associatedWith Wotton, William, 1666-1727 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
London (England)
Printing--18th century
Printing--Great Britain--17th-18th centuries
Printers--18th century
Printers--Great Britain
Printers--18th century.--England--London


Birth 1663-07

Death 1737-12-27





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