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    Thoms, Peter Perring (male) ? - 1855 English

    Fl. 1814-1855. A printer, in 1814 sent to Macao by the East India Company, along with a printing press, to print Robert Morrison’s Chinese dictionary; returned to England in March 1825. In the 1830s had his own printing shop at 12 Warwick Square, London. In 1839, before international copyright, he brought out, perhaps as a test case, a cheap reprint of Haliburton’s The Clockmaker from the first, Nova Scotia edition but was sued by Richard Bentley, the publisher of the copyrighted English edition, who argued that Haliburton had verbally assigned the original Canadian copyright to him. (Hosea Ballou Morse, The Chronicles of the East India Company trading to China 1635-1834 [Cambridge: Harvard UP, and Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926], vols. 3 and 4; Bentley Archives, BL.)

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