Samuel Rousseau - Translator, Printer and Publisher

Translator, Printer and Publisher

After his apprenticeship, he set up his own printing business in Leather Lane, Holborn, and later moved to Wood Street, Clerkenwell, where he established the Arabic Press. He commissioned the making of Arabic type and set about translating and printing several classic works of Arabic literature, including "The Flowers of Persian Literature" . He also taught Persian. Other works hr published includedhe prophetic writings of Joanna Southcott.

The press was a financial failure and eventually he sought new employment as Master of Joye's Charity School (see List of former schools in the City of London) in St Ann's, Blackfriars.

He also edited a variety of works for booksellers and as he was more interested in raising money to support himself and his family, rather than achieve literary fame, most of his works appeared under a fictitious name. According to Timperley, "they have, however, proved generally successful to the publishers, as their objects were useful; and nothing ever appeared in them contrary to good morals, or the established religion and government".

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