The Corbett One Name Study


EXTRACTS FROM THE
DICTIONARY OF LONDON BOOKSELLERS


Charles Corbet, bookseller in London, Oxford Arms in Warwick Lane, 1683. Does not appear to have been a member of the Company of Stationers, as its records show no sign of his having been an apprentice or taking up his freedom; but he may have been a member of some other company. In 1683 he published a poetical broadside entitled A New Narrative of the Old Plot [B.M. 1872. a. I (125*), and in the severe winter of 1683-4 he published two ballads in commemoration of the frost. In the Term Catalogue of Trinity 1683, in company with J. Crowch, he advertised A Collection of New Songs set within the compass of the Flute. Written and composed by C.F. Gent. [T.C. II.30] It seems possible that he was a dealer in music rather than books.


Thomas Corbet, printer (?) at Oxford, 1694. [Madan, p.32]


Benjamin Corbett, bookseller in London, 1686-1701. Son of Waites or Waties Corbett of Elton, Herefordshire. Apprenticed for seven years from November 4th, 1678 to Robert Everingham, printer. Admitted a freeman of the Company of Stationers on July 5th, 1686. [MS. records of Stat.Co.] He was the publisher of the first review entitled Weekly Memorials, or Account of Books, 1688, also of Tooker's Famous Collection of Papers [c.1700] On November 20th, 1701, a Benjamin Corbett who may or may not be identical with the above, wrote to a Mr Pettifer, saying that he was on the point of sailing for China. [Sloane MS. 4063, f. 128]


Thomas Corbett, bookseller and book-auctioneer in London, (1) corner of Ludgate Hill, next Fleet Bridge; (2) (a) the Child's Coat, down the Ditch side near Bridewell Bridge; (b) by Fleet Ditch; (3) Addison's Head, next the Rose Tavern, without the Temple Bar. 1715-43. Apparently a son of Charles Corbet of the Oxford Arms. Thomas Corbett's name does not appear in the records of the Stationer' Company either as an apprentice or freeman. In 1705 he published the fourth edition 'with additions, on fine paper and Elzevir letter', of New Miscellaneous Poems. [Postman, Sept. 6th-8th, 1715] In the same year he also published a sermon called Great Britain's Happiness under ... a Protestant King, by Gershom Rawlins. [B.B. 4474. d.99] In 1716 he began selling books by auction at his warehouse, the Child's Coat, down the Ditch side, near Bridewell Bridge. Here on Nov 11th 1716 he sold the library of Thomas Cooke of Fulham, and on Oct 31st, 1717, the library of the Rev. Kirke of Chester. [Daily Courant, Oct 29th, 1717] In 1719 he moved to Addison's Head without Temple Bar, where he continued until his death in 1743. Sir Charles Corbett, the famous lottery agent and bookseller, is believed to have been his son.