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Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, Anglophile, and friend to Panizzi

David Paisey

Abstract

THE London weekly The Athenceum of 1 October 1853 carried in its gossip column the following brief obituary: "Mr. Adolphus Asher, bookseller of Berlin, whose shop in the Linden Walk was the common rendezvous of literary natives and strangers in that capital, died at Venice on the 2nd of this month [September]. Mr. Asher was one ofthe continental purveyors for tbe British Museum, and his business brought him into frequent connexion with the leading literary men in this country; by whom he was respected for bis great knowledge of books, and for his ready disposition to place the advantages of his foreign connexion at the service of those to whom it might be useful. His loss will be felt by the English literary visitor at Berlin, as that of an old and agreeable friend. He died in his fifty-third year."

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