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EDDOWES , JOSHUA ( 1724 - 1811 ), printer and bookseller at Shrewsbury ;

chr. 26 April 1724 , son of Ralph Eddowes , grocer , Whitchurch , Salop . Joshua Eddowes was in partnership with John Cotton in 1749 if not earlier (see J. H. Davies , Bibliog. of Welsh Ballads ); Cotton had been made a freeman of the Combrethren of Saddlers on 6 June 1740 , Eddowes being admitted on 26 May 1749 . The partnership continued until 1765 , Eddowes continuing on his own until 1788 , when he took his son, WILLIAM EDDOWES (b. 1 Oct. 1754 ), into partnership. Until the death of Joshua Eddowes on 25 Sept. 1811 the firm traded as J. and W. Eddowes ; father and son began to publish the Salopian Journal on 29 Jan. 1794 . William Eddowes d. 4 Feb. 1833 . W. Rowlands ( Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry ) gives the titles of several Welsh books printed by Cotton and Eddowes , Joshua Eddowes , and afterwards by J. and W. Eddowes . They appear to have printed some very important works in their time, e.g. Lloffion Prydyddiaeth … Mr. Rees Prichard , 1766 , Gweledigaethau y Bardd Cwsg , 1768 , as well as many almanacs by Gwilym Howell (q.v.) . J. Eddowes 's wife, whom he m. on 13 Sept. 1753 , was Lydia , daughter of William Phillips .

Sources:

  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century , 1908-11 ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 , 1925 ;
  • Llewelyn C. Lloyd , ‘The Book-Trade in Shropshire,’ in Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society , 1935 , 1936 .

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959