Richard Lapthorne fl.1683-1697

From Book Owners Online

Richard LAPTHORNE fl.1683-1697

Biographical Note

Lapthorne was a lawyer at New Inn, and the London agent of Richard Coffin, who tasked him with buying books. Their correspondence, in the Devon archive, is a source of information on the book trade in the late seventeenth century.


Lapthorne's "entire collection" of books was sold by retail sale in London from 22 March 1727. The sale was advertised in the Craftsman, the Daily Post and the Daily Journal.


  • Alston, R. C., Inventory of sale catalogues ... 1676-1800, St Philip, 2010.
  • Librorum infrequentium & præstantium variis in linguis & facultatibus catalogus: or, a catalogue of uncommon and valuable books. In Greek, Latin, English, Italian, French and Spanish; ... being the entire collection of Richard Lapthorne, [London, 1727] ESTC T16314.
  • Treadwell, M., "Richard Lapthorne and the London Retail Book Trade 1683-1697", in The Book Trade and Its Customers, 1450-1990: Historical Essays for Robin Myers, ed. Giles Mandelbrote, Arnold Hunt, and Alison Shell (Winchester: St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1997).