Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Cluer Dicey, born 28 Jan 1715,
The young James Boswell visited in July 1763 to: "the old printing-office in Bow Church-yard kept by Dicey, whose family have kept it four score years. There are ushered into the world of literature "Jack and the Giants", "The Seven Wise Men of Gotham", and other story-books which in my dawning years amused me as much as "Rasselas" does now".
Cluer printed a catalogue with Richard Marshall 1764.
It shows they printed a range of maps, prints, music and
"Printed and sold by Cluer Dicey, and Richard Marshall
at the printing office, in Aldermary Churchyard, London".
Aldermary was the Marshall premises, Aldermary Churchyard, a bit SE of the Bow church yard premises (see map and modern street view). Also listed as "no.4, Aldermary Church Yard, Bow Lane".
[Simmons, 2000] says: "The 1764 catalogue .. was probably larger than any catalogue categorising and listing cheap maps, images and texts that had up to then appeared in the British Isles or probably in any European country."
Note says the 1764 catalogue "is an important source for the study of the lower end of the eighteenth-century book and publishing trade."
His company were the first printers of the nursery rhyme Simple Simon (1764).
He still owned the Northampton Mercury.
In 1765 he purchased
Claybrooke Hall, Leicestershire
(some distance NW of Northampton).
The conveyance of Claybrooke Hall and lands from George Byrd to Cluer Dicey is dated 11 Oct 1767.
His will dated 17 Sept 1772, refers to Dicey business still at Bow Church Yard.
He died 3 October 1775, age 60 yrs.
He was bur in St. Peter's Church, Claybrooke Parva (opposite Claybrooke Hall).
The religious writer Hannah More (a friend of the family) wrote an epitaph to him, which was inscribed on his memorial tablet.
Epitaph to Cluer Dicey (died 1775), by Hannah More, on the above tomb.
"Life has no length, Eternity no end!"
From The works of Hannah More, with a memoir and notes, Hannah More, 1834, vol.6, p.12.
Also in The Works of Hannah More: Including Several Pieces Never Before Published, Hannah More, 1818, vol.1, p.148.
Also in The Works of Hannah More, Hannah More, 1835, vol.6, p.415.
Simple Simon met a pieman|
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
"Let me taste your ware."
Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
- Simple Simon
Cluer Dicey was the first printer of this nursery rhyme.
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