Uriah Maggs

Uriah maggs

Uriah Maggs (c. 1828-1913) founder in 1853 of Maggs Bros Ltd, the longest-established antiquarian booksellers in the world. He was born in Midsomer Norton in Somerset. In about 1850, he and his father left to start a new life in London. After several failed business ventures he took up bookselling, founding Maggs Bros Ltd. He traded first from his own home, but later opened his first bookshop in 1855 at 44 Westbourne Terrace North, Paddington. He also ran a circulating library and hired out newspapers. From Westbourne Terrace North the business was moved after several years to Church Street, Paddington Green, a site now occupied by the Children's Hospital. At the end of 1894 Uriah Maggs retired, leaving the business in the hands of his two elder sons, Benjamin and Henry. He died in 1913. The shop moved premises to 50 Berkeley Square in London in 1938, where it is still based and run by the Maggs family.

Personal details

Date of birth
Date of death
1913 at age of 85

Organizations founded

1. Maggs Bros Ltd

Business Operation

Wikiedia article

Maggs Bros Ltd is one of the longest-established antiquarian booksellers in the world, established in 1853 by Uriah Maggs, born c.1828 in Midsomer Norton, Somerset. All four of Uriah’s sons eventually joined the business, taking over on his retirement in 1894. The initial Maggs Brothers of the firm’s title were Benjamin and Henry, later joined by Charles and Ernest. In 1908, B. D. Maggs served a full term as President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Maggs Bros. is still under family ownership, and is currently managed by Edward Maggs.


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