4 Nov 2003, 3:57 a.m. - David Quidnunc

Bookseller, St. Paul's Churchyard Pepys would call him "my bookseller" -- his principal bookseller for years. His shop and home were on the north side of the Churchyard. -- L&M Companion

4 Nov 2003, 4 a.m. - David Quidnunc

Another Bookseller, John Playford http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/332/ Playford sold books at the Inner Temple. -- L&M Companion, Index volumes

4 Nov 2003, 4:22 a.m. - David Quidnunc

Booksellers Pepys mentions by name Name/location/when Pepys's 1st mentions: JAMES ALLESTRY -- St. Paul's Churchyard, later Duck Lane; mentioned ONCE, 1667 (@ Duck Lane) HENRY HERRINGMAN -- New Exchange; 1667 JOSHUA KIRTON -- St. Paul's Churchyard; 1660 JOHN MARTIN -- Temple Bar; 1668 MILES & ANN MITCHELL -- Westminster Hall; 1660 WILLIAM MORDEN -- Cambridge; mentioned ONCE in 1660 JOHN PLAYFORD -- Inner Temple; 1660 WILLIAM SHREWSBURY -- At The Bible on Duck Lane; 1668 JOHN STARKEY -- St. Paul's Churchyard, later on Fleet Street when Pepys mentions him; 1667 -- L&M Index volume

4 Nov 2003, 4:30 a.m. - David Quidnunc

St. Paul's Churchyard http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/182/

21 Mar 2006, 3:27 a.m. - Pauline

Mr. [Joshua] Kirton's kinsman = William Kirton (entry March 20, 1662/3) From L&M Companion: The "kinsman" is William Kirton, a freeman of the Stationers' Company by patrimony, 1665.

30 Jan 2014, 12:46 p.m. - Bill

KIRTON (JOSHUA), bookseller in London, (1) Foster Lane, next to Goldsmith's Hall, 1644; (2) White Horse in Paul's Churchyard, 1638-46; (3) Golden-Spread-Eagle, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1649 (1638-59). Took up his freedom November 7th, 1636. Originally in partnership with Thomas Warren. Shared with Humphrey Robinson, Richard Thrale and Samuel Thompson the copyrights of T. Whitaker, consisting of 109 copies. Was one of the six stationers who in 1652 published a list of Popish books under the title of A Beacon set on Fire. ---A dictionary of the Booksellers and Printers... H.R. Plomer, 1907.

21 Oct 2014, 8:38 p.m. - Bill

Joseph Kirton was a bookseller in St. Paul's Churchyard, at the sign of "The King's Arms," ruined by the Fire of London. His death, in October, 1667, is recorded in Smith's "Obituary," printed for the Camden Society. He was buried in St. Faith's. ---Wheatley, 1896.

12 Aug 2016, 1:45 p.m. - Oliver Mundy

His name was definitely Joshua, not Joseph as stated in Wheatley's notes and index. The writer of this has a book published by him in 1653 (Verstegan, 'A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence') which gives his name as 'Josuah', corrected to 'Joshua' when the book was reissued with a new title-page in 1655 (Wing V269 and V270). Notably, he continued to display the King's arms as his shop-sign throughout the Commonwealth; it is mentioned on the title-pages of both these editions.

27 Feb 2021, 11:24 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

After the Great Fire, many booksellers relocated to a new neighborhood, now known as Cecil Court: https://memoirsofametrogirl.com/2018/09/02/cecil-court-history-london-bookshops-mozart-diagon-alley/?fbclid=IwAR2GTSkIbKvMWBoATjtvdGDu1U9hcVYkQngCPH92EqKrmTR84GvIRAvpTTA


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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