Peter Elmsley (1735 or 1736 - 1802)
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Bookseller and publisher, born in Aberdeenshire. For a time he was a partner with the bookseller Paul Vaillant, whose family had conducted a foreign bookselling business in the Strand, London, opposite Southampton Street, since 1686, but from 1768 Elmsley was trading there alone. From 1778 his address was 87 Strand. He was principally involved in importing foreign books. Later in his career he invested in works with others of his trade in London. Despite losing his warehouse to a fire on 2 March 1776 he became one of London’s best-known booksellers.
Born: 1735 or 1736 in Aberdeenshire
Sir William Chambers RA
A Dissertation On Oriental Gardening; By Sr William Chambers, Comptroller-General Of His Majesty's Works, &c. The Second Edition, With Additions. To Which Is Annexed, An Explanatory Discourse, By Tan Chet-Qua, of Quang-Chew-Fu, Gent. - London:: 1773.
Il Mercurio Italico: O Sia Ragguaglio Generale intorno alla Letteratura, Belle Arti, Utili Scoperte, ec. di tutta l'Italia. The Italian Mercury: Or, A General Account concerning the Literature, Fine Arts, Useful Discoveries, &c. of all Italy. - Londra:: [1789-1790]
A Dictionary Of The English and Italian Languages. By Joseph Baretti. Improved and augmented with above Ten Thousand Words, omitted in the last Edition of Altieri. To which is prefixed, An Italian and English Grammar. A New Edition. Volume I. (II.) - London,: 
A New System, Or, An Analysis Of Ancient Mythology: Wherein an Attempt is made to divest Tradition of Fable; and to reduce the Truth to its original Purity. In this Work is given an History of the Babylonians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Canaanites, Helladians, Ionians, Leleges, Dorians, Pelasgi: Also Of The Scythæ, Indoscythæ, Ethiopians, Phenicians. The Whole contains an Account of the principal Events in the first Ages, from the Deluge to the Dispersion: Also of the various Migrations, which ensued, and the Settlements made afterwards in different Parts: Circumstances of great Consequence, which were subsequent to the Gentile History of Moses. Vol. I. (II.) By Jacob Bryant, Formerly of King's College, Cambridge; and Secretary to his Grace the late Duke of Marlborough, during his Command abroad; and Secretary to him as Master eneral of his Majesty's Ordnance. - London:: [1774(-1776)]