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Robert Foulis (1707-76) - Printer

He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he studied philosophy. With his brother Andrew he visited Oxford and France, collecting rare books, and on their return they started a bookselling and printing business in Glasgow. In 1741 they became official printers to the University and gained a reputation for immaculate printing. Among their most distinguished publications were editions of the Greek and Latin classics, especially their six-volume edition of Homer (1765 — 8) and quarto editions of Gray's poems (1768) and Paradise Lost (1770). Robert Foulis founded an art academy in Glasgow in 1753 but it was a financial failure. His insistence on printing of the highest quality ran the firm into debt and he died in poverty in 1776.

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