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ROGERS , JOHN (d. 1738 ), bookseller and printer at Shrewsbury ;

son of Reynold Rogers , grocer , London , and possibly a nephew of Gabriel Rogers (d. 1705 ), to whose bookselling business at Shrewsbury John Rogers may have succeeded. He began to print c. 1706 , and it is possible that his first book was A Sermon preach'd at the Funeral of … James Owen, Minister of the Gospel in Shrewsbury. April the 11th, 1706. By Matthew Henry , 1706? In 1707 he printed two Welsh books: Egwyddorion y Grefydd Gristianogawl and Godidawgrwydd Rhinwedd , and in 1708 he printed for the Company of Stationers , London , an almanack (for 1709 ) called Cennad oddiwrth y Ser … , and, in 1714 , Dirgelwch … , Morgan Llwyd o Wynedd 's best-known work. J. H. Davies ( Bibliog. of Welsh Ballads ) records only one Welsh ballad as printed by Rogers . Rogers continued to print until 1729 , if not later. Nicholas Thomas (q.v.) was apprenticed either to John Rogers or to John Roderick ( Siôn Rhydderch ) (q.v.) . One John Rogers , a bookseller , was buried 9 May 1738 . Fuller details are given in the works listed below.


  • 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 and 1936


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

Published date: 1959