Booksellers In Little Britain





Little Britain, anciently Breton-street, from the mansion of the Duke of

Bretagne on that spot, in more modern times became the "Paternoster-row"

of the booksellers; and a newspaper of 1664 states them to have published

here within four years, 464 pamphlets. One Chiswell, resident here in

1711, was the metropolitan bookseller, "the Longman" of his time: and

here lived Rawlinson ("Tom Folio" of The Tatler, No. 158), who stuffed

four chambers in Gray's Inn so full, that his bed was removed into the

passage. John Day, the famous early printer, lived "over Aldersgate."



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