Nichols, J. B. (John Bowyer), 1779-1863

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John Bowyer Nichols was born in London, 1779, and went on to be schooled at St Paul's School, London. In 1796 he entered his father's printing office and began part editorship of The Gentleman's Magazine , of which, by 1837, he was sole proprietor. For a short time he was printer to the Corporation of the City of London. In 1850 he became Master of the Stationer's Company. He published many county histories as well as significant works such as The Literary History of the Eighteenth Century . He died in Ealing, 1863. John Gough Nichols, son of John Bowyer Nichols, was born in London in 1806. He published his first work, Progress of James I in 1828 and went on to become joint editor of The Gentleman's Magazine in 1851. He was a founding member of the Camden Society, 1838. In 1856 ill health forced him to give up The Gentleman's Magazine and he dedicated his time to Literary Remains of Edward VI (1857-8). Like his father, he published many county histories and volumes of antiquary concern. He died in 1873.

From the guide to the Nichols, John Bowyer (1779-1863) and Nichols, John Gough (1806-1873), 1819-1870, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Printer and antiquary, John Bowyer Nichols was son of printer John Nichols, whom he succeeded as a printer of notes and proceedings of the British Parliament. Nichols supervised the printing of many of the most important county histories published in England in the first part of the 19th century.

From the description of Scrapbook of book values relating to topography and local history, ca. 1845. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122577040

John Nichols (1745-1826), English printer and writer, edited the Gentlemen's Magazine from 1778 to 1826, as well as editing and publishing literary and historical works, including the works of Jonathan Swift in nineteen volumes (1801).

John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863), the son of John Nichols, succeeded his father as editor of the Gentleman's Magazine and published many important county histories. His son, John Gough Nichols (1806-1873), also edited the Gentleman's Magazine and contributed to the study of English geneaology.

From the description of Nichols family correspondence, ca. 1780-1870. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82555225

John Nichols (1745-1826), English master printer, editor, author, and antiquarian, inherited his printing business from his partner William Bowyer. Nichols printed for learned societies and published many county histories, including his own History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Leicester (1795-1812). Nichols purchased a share in the popular Gentleman's Magazine in 1778; he and his descendants edited and printed the monthly until 1856. He also produced collections of literary anecdotes of eighteenth century authors, a biography of Hogarth, and literary editions. In 1810 he became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London.

John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863), the son of John Nichols by his second wife, succeeded his father as owner of Nichols & Co. and as editor of the Gentleman's Magazine. He too was a noted antiquarian, publishing a number of county histories and printing many antiquarian articles in his magazine. His extensive involvement in the Parliamentary printing business resulted in his testifying twice before Parliamentary commissions investigating the high cost of official printing. Nichols was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an original member of the Novomagians, their select dining club. His many antiquarian works included Historical Notices of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire (1836).

John Gough Nichols (1806-1873), the eldest son of John Bowyer Nichols, began attending meetings of the Society of Antiquaries with his father when he was twelve years old. Nichols grew up to become a prominent antiquarian, helping to found the Camden Society (1838), the Archaeological Institute (1844), and the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (1855). Among his publications are Autographs of Royal, Noble, Learned and Remarkable Personages (1829) and Examples of Decorative Tiles, Sometimes termed Encaustic (1841–5). While he was best known as an antiquary and scholar, he continued to run the family printing business until his death in 1873, and he edited the Gentleman's Magazine until its sale in 1856.

From the guide to the Nichols family correspondence, 1769-1873, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. Bowles papers, 1827-1935 (bulk 1827-1842). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Upcott papers, 1650-1881. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Barker, Edmund Henry, 1788-1839,. Autograph letter signed from Edmund Henry Barker to John Bowyer Nichols [manuscript], 1828 August 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Letters to Joseph Cradock and to J.B. Nichols, 1760-1828 University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
referencedIn Book collectors miscellaneous papers, 1649-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bowring, John, 1792-1872. John Bowring collection, 1821-1871. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Nichols, John Bowyer, 1779-1863. Autograph letter signed, 1808 Feb. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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 Ellis, Henry, 1777-1869. Sir Henry Ellis letter to John Bowyer Nichols, 1839 March 25. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nichols family. Nichols family papers, 1713-1874, [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Fisher, Thomas, 1781?-1836,. Autograph letters signed from Thomas Fisher to Mr. Nichols, printer, in Westminster [manuscript], 1829-1834. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn John Bowring collection, 1821-1871 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from John Payne Collier to various people [manuscript], 1818-1882. Folger Shakespeare Library
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
referencedIn Nichols family. Nichols family correspondence, 1769-1873. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Upcott papers, 1650-1881. Houghton Library.
referencedIn 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 Nichols, John Bowyer, 1779-1863. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to the Earl Ferrers, 1802 Dec. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nichols family correspondence, 1769-1873 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. Bowles papers, 1827-1935 (bulk 1827-1842) Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Tilloch, Alexander, 1759-1825. Autograph letter signed : Barnsbury, to J. Nichols, 1816 Apr. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Pegge, Samuel, 1733-1800. [Collectanea glossographica] [manuscript] / [by Samuel Pegge the younger]. King's College London
creatorOf Hackett, Maria, 1783-1874. Maria Hackett manuscript material : 1 item [between 1811 and 1824] New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Nichols, John Bowyer (1779-1863) and Nichols, John Gough (1806-1873), 1819-1870 Senate House Library, University of London
referencedIn Thomas Frognall Dibdin papers, 1798-1836. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bray, Mrs. (Anna Eliza), 1790-1883. Autograph letter signed : Tavistock, Devon, to J.B. Nichols, 1839 June 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Brayley, E. W. (Edward Wedlake), 1773-1854. Letter, 1834. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Nichols, J. B. (John Bowyer), 1779-1863,. Scrapbook of book values relating to topography and local history, ca. 1845. Grolier Club
referencedIn Autograph File, L, 1641-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Horatio Nelson correspondence with Lady Emma Hamilton and others, 1760-1869. Houghton 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
referencedIn Papers of the Nichols Family, Printers and Publishers, 1785-1854 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
creatorOf Taylor, John, 1757-1832. Autograph letter signed : Golden Square [London], to J.B. Nicholls [sic], 1826 Sept. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Boaden, James, 1762-1839,. Autograph letters signed from James Boaden to John Bowyer Nichols [manuscript], 1829-1835. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clutterbuck, Robert, 1772-1831. Autograph letter signed : Watford, to J.B. Nichols, 1823 Dec. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Blore, Edward, 1787-1879. Letters, 1819, 1860. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Smith, John Thomas, 1766-1833. The Cries of London (extra-illustrated copy, with related papers), 1833-1839. J. Paul Getty Center, Arts Archives
creatorOf Chalmers, Alexander, 1759-1834,. Autograph letter signed from Alexander Chalmers to J. B. Nichols [manuscript], 1812 April 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Douce, Francis, 1757-1834,. Autograph letter signed from Francis Douce to various recipients [manuscript], 1807-1833. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Nichols family collection on the Palace of Westminster, circa 1650-1905, undated., 1800-1840. Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
creatorOf Nichols, J. B. (John Bowyer), 1779-1863. Nichols family correspondence, ca. 1780-1870. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Nichols Papers, 1742-1872 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
creatorOf Watts, Alaric Alexander, 1797-1864. Letters, 1821-1857. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hansard, T. C. (Thomas Curson), 1776-1833. [Autograph letter signed, addressed to John Bowyer Nichols, dated Nov. 4 1825] Newberry Library
referencedIn Disney, John, 1745-1816. Correspondence and associated items, 1773-1845. Grolier Club
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811. Letter : to James Boswell, 1788 Feb. 28. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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Periodicals--Publishing--Great Britain
Printers
Journalism
Periodicals--Publishing
Books--Prices
Printers--Great Britain
Authors, English--19th century
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Bibliographers--19th century.--England
Printer
Collector
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Birth 1779-07-15

Death 1863-10-19

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