Flindell’s Bible

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Flindell’s Bible

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Thomas Flindell (1767 – 1824) was a Cornish editor, printer and publisher known for launching and editing multiple newspapers over the course of his life, including the Stannary Press at Helston in 1798 and the Cornwall Gazette and Falmouth Packet in 1801. Flindell’s Bible was published in 1799, however publication stopped in 1801 after the Cornwall Gazette and Falmouth Packet folded and Flindell was imprisoned for his debts. While Flindell was later bailed out and established two more newspapers, the Royal Cornwall Gazette and Western Advertiser in 1803 and Western Luminary in 1813, no more copies of Flindell’s Bible were ever published making the one pictured a rare find. Flindell was again imprisoned in 1821 after printing derogatory remarks about Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales and wife of King George IV.

By Jacob Hannam (Intern from University of Exeter)

The Gentleman’s Magazine, Volume 98, Part 1: Volume 143 by S. Urban (1828), p.10.

Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 19: Flindell, Thomas by W. P. Courtney (1885).

A Dictionary of Printers and Printing by C. H. Timperley (1893), p.893.

Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland by L. Brake (2009), p.222.