John Timbs English
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antiquary, was born in Clerkenwell
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He was educated at a private school at Hemel Hempstead
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, and in his sixteenth year apprenticed to a druggist and printer at Dorking
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. He had early shown literary capacity, and when nineteen began to write for the Monthly Magazine
. A year later he became secretary to Sir Richard Phillips
Sir Richard Phillips was an English schoolteacher, author and publisher.Phillips was born in London. Following some political difficulties in Leicester where he was a schoolteacher and bookseller, he returned to London, established premises in Paternoster Row, St. Paul's Churchyard, and founded...
, its proprietor, and permanently adopted literature as a profession.
He was successively editor of the Mirror of Literature
, the Harlequin
, The Literary World
, and sub-editor of the Illustrated London News
. He was also founder and first editor of Year-Book of Science and Art
. His published works amounted to more than one hundred and fifty volumes. In 1834 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
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Some of these were published under the pseudonym, Horace Welby. As can be seen, his work continued to be re-edited and republished well after his death.
- Signs before death, and authenticated apparitions: in one hundred narratives, collected by Horace Welby. 1825
- Arcana of science and art: or, An annual register of useful inventions and improvements, discoveries and new facts, in mechanics, chemistry, natural history, and social economy; 1828
- Harlequin. A journal of the drama. 1829
- Laconics; 1829
- Literary world: a journal of popular information and entertainment. 1839
- Table-wit, and after-dinner anecdote. 1840
- Things not generally known, familiarly explained. A book for old and young. 1856
- Curiosities of history; 1857
- School-days of eminent men. I. Sketches of the progress of education in England, from the reign of King Alfred to that of Queen Victoria. II. Early lives of celebrated British authors, philosophers and poets, inventors and discoverers, divines, heroes, statesmen &c\. 1858
- Curiosities of science, 1859
- Stories of inventors and discoverers in science and the useful arts. 1860
- Popular errors explained and illustrated. 1862
- Century of anecdote from 1760 to 1860. 1864
- Romance of London. Supernatural stories, sights and shows, strange adventures, and remarkable persons. 1865
- Something for everybody; and a garland for the year. 1866
- Club life of London, 1866
- English Eccentrics and Eccentricities
English Eccentrics and Eccentricities was written by John Timbs and published first in two volumes by Richard Bentley in New Burlington Street, London, in 1866...
. 1866, in two volumes
- Mysteries of life, death, and futurity: 1868
- Mountain adventures in the various countries of the world. 1869
- Wonderful inventions: from the mariner's compass to the electric telegraph cable. 1870
- Abbeys, castles, and ancient halls of England and Wales; 1872
- Thoughts for times and seasons. 1872
- Doctors and patients; 1873
One of his major works is Curiosities of London: exhibiting the most rare and remarkable objects of interest in the metropolis; with nearly Fifty Years' Personal Recollections
(London, David Bogue, 1855, 800 pages).