John Timbs

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John Timbs
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Born(1801-08-17)August 17, 1801
DiedMarch 6, 1875(1875-03-06) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Other namesHorace Welby
OccupationAuthor, Editor, Antiquary
Years activec.1820-1874

John Timbs ( /tɪmz/ ; 17 August 1801 – 6 March 1875) was an English author and antiquary. [1] Some of his work was published under the pseudonym of Horace Welby.



Timbs was born in 1801 in Clerkenwell, London. He was educated at a private school at Hemel Hempstead. In his sixteenth year he was apprenticed to a druggist and printer at Dorking. He had early shown literary capacity, and when nineteen began to write for the Monthly Magazine . A year later he became secretary to Sir Richard Phillips, its proprietor, and permanently adopted literature as a profession.

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Hemel Hempstead Town in Hertfordshire, England

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Dorking historic market town in Surrey, England

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He was successively editor of the Mirror of Literature , the Harlequin, The Literary World , and sub-editor of the Illustrated London News . He was also founder and first editor of Year-Book of Science and Art. His published works amounted to more than one hundred and fifty volumes. In 1834 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Timbs died on 6 March 1875 and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, Edenbridge, Kent.

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Some of these were published under the pseudonym, Horace Welby. His work continued to be re-edited and republished well after his death, . [2]

English Eccentrics and Eccentricities was written by John Timbs and published first in two volumes by Richard Bentley in New Burlington Street, London, in 1866. It remains both entertaining light reading and a source of biographical incident, sometimes rarely repeated on unusual people of the late 18th and early 19th century, from celebrities to recluses, religious notables to country astrologers, pop authors to tragedians.

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  2. Library of Congress catalog
  3. Curiosities of London (1855),, accessed 10 March 2009
  4. Ross, Greg (8 March 2013). "'How to Roast a Pound of Butter'". Futility Closet .
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