Smith, William

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The Duchess's Head, opposite the Castle Market, Dame Street, 1719–25
Blind Quay, 1727–32
The Hercules, near the Castle Market, Dame Street, 1727–71


Primarily a bookseller and publisher.

He took his nephew John Smith into partnership from 1719 to 1725 (Munter).

He had a long business association with George Ewing and George Risk from c. 1726 to 1756.

In 1756, he took his son William Smith Junior into partnership (Munter).

[Details differ according to sources: Munter gives the dates and addresses as above. Berry gives the Hercules, Dame Street in 1728. Boydell (Calendar) gives The Hercules, near the Castle Market in 1729. Munter, under 'Smith, William', states that the Risk, Ewing & Smith partnership began in 1727 but under 'Ewing, George' and 'Risk, George' he states that it began in 1726.]

Last Update: 12-02-2017