- Also known as
primary name: Hooper, Samuel
- individual; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- East Corner of the New Church, Strand (c.1766)
25 Ludgate Hill (in 1771, 1773-4, 1777)
Corner of Arundel Street, Strand (in 1773)
(No. 12 Dukes Court, Mewse Gate in 1779?)
212 High Holborn (in 1785, 1794)
Holborn (in 1791-2)
- Book and print publisher in London.
David Alexander (email August 2022): Samuel Hooper (1733-1793) was the son of Robert and Mary Hooper, nee List, and was baptized in St Botolph, Bishopsgate on 3 Sept. 1733. I have not discovered details of his apprenticeship, but he was calling himself 'Bookseller' by 4 Oct 1755, the date of his marriage allegation prior to his marriage to Sarah Follows of Richmond. His name as a publisher at Gay's Head, near Beaufort Buildings, Strand, appears on publications from 1756. As well as publishing books and pamphlets his name as seller is throughout his career on a number of mezzotints. He was at 25 Ludgate Hill by 1771, and in 1773 began to publish the works of Francis Grose, which he continued to do until at least 1787, generally employing the engravers R.B. Godfrey and S. Sparrow. In the 1770s he was in partnership with William Davis, and they issued a 'Catalogue of Prints and Books of Prints both Ancient and Modern' (BL). After going bankrupt in 1778 he re-established himself at 12 Duke's Ct, Mews-gate (BM 1893,1031.198), moving to 41 St Martin's Lane by 1781. His second wife Mary Ann, mother of Susanna Dorothy, died in 1782 and he married Mary Stayman in St Andrew, Holborn, on 17 Nov . 1783. On 13 Nov. 1788 he took on William Wigstead (qv) for a premium of 100 guineas. He died suddenly on 20 Feb. 1793, and his widow continued the business, later taking Wigstead into partnership. The partnership was dissolved at the end of 1798, and Mary continued the business for a short time. She is probably the Mary Hooper, of Cecil Court, who was buried at St Martin-in-the- fields age 62 on 26 Sept 1815.