Prichard, William (fl. 1776-1809)

Philadelphia bookseller and printer.

Probably arrived in Philadelphia c. 1776. Kept a bookshop and circulating library, published books (from 1782), and held book auctions (1786-92). His 1785 catalogue lists books in Latin, Greek, and French as well as works on law and divinity. In 1789, perhaps seeking to appeal to a broader clientele, he also advertised a large selection of novels, maps, prints, stationer’s supplies, jewelry, plated and japanned objects, sheet music, musical instruments, and patent medicines. In 1798 a bookseller of the same name appeared in Richmond, Virginia.

Name also spelled “Pritchard.”