Abraham John Valpy

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Abraham John Valpy (1786 19 November 1854) was an English printer and publisher.


Life and career

He was the son of the Reading schoolmaster Richard Valpy and was born in that town.

He is remembered in connection with two great undertakings in the department of classical literature. These were reissues of (1) Stephanus' Greek Thesaurus, for which E. H. Barker was chiefly responsible; and (2) Valpy's Delphin Classics, [1] a book series of 143 volumes with text drawn from the 18th century French Delphin Classics (Ad usum Delphini) series and with variorum notes, under the editorial superintendence of George Dyer. He also founded the Classical Journal in 1810. [2]

In the years 1813–1828 he published The Pamphleteer, a book series described as being "a collection of the best pamphlets of the day" and which included contributions from William Wilberforce, Jeremy Bentham, George Canning, William Huskisson and Stamford Raffles. [3]

He also published the Family Classical Library: English Translations of Greek and Latin Classics (52 volumes, 1830–1834) and an edition of the plays and poems of Shakespeare (15 Volumes, 1832–1834).


  1. Delphin Classics (A. J. Valpy) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved on 21 March 2023.
  2. Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Valpy, Richard, s.v.". Encyclopædia Britannica . Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 866.
  3. "Valpy, Abraham John", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition), article revision of 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2023.

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