Bradley, Abraham

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Dates Active in Dublin: 

c. 1729–1782


Golden Ring and Ball, opposite Sycamore Alley, Dame Street, c. 1729–31
Two Bibles and Ring,
Dame Street, c. 1733–50
King's Arms and Two Bibles, Dame Street, 1751–59 [1770?]
King's str, Fownes's Street, 1760–62
33 Aungier Street, 1763–81
1 Eustace Street, 1782 [as Bradley & King]


Apprentice to George Risk (Munter).

A bookseller from 1730, from 1733 Bradley published widely including music printing. He was King's Stationer from 1739 to 1780 (Munter) and printer to the House of Commons (Pollard).

He worked in association with Joseph Leathley and Thomas Moore.

[Dates and addresses differ according to sources: Berry gives the Golden Ball and Ring, Dame Street in 1731 and the King's Arms and Two Bibles, Dame Street from 1750 to 1770. Dix gives the date as 1740 with no address. Humphries & Smith give his dates as 1730 to 1759 at The Two Bibles in Dame's Street, over against Sycamore-Alley. Boydell (Calendar) gives the dates as 1730 to 1759 at The Two Bibles, Dame Street. Munter gives the dates as 1729 to 1737 at 'The Golden Ball and Ring, opposite Sycamore Alley, Dame Street' and 1744 to 1783 at 'The Two Bibles, Dame Street '. Pollard gives the Golden Ring and Ball, opposite Sycamore Alley, Dame Street from before 1730 to after 1731; Two Bibles and Ring (King's Arms and Two Bibles from 1751), Dame Street from before 1733 to 1759; King's str, Fownes's Street from 1760 to 1762; 33 Aungier Street from 1763 to 1781; and Bradley & King, 1 Eustace Street from 1782 to 1783.]

Select Product/Work List: 


  • The Vocal Miscellany: a Collection of above Four Hundred Celebrated Songs, many of which were never before printed. With the Names of the Tunes prefixed to each Song. The Second Edition corrected, with Additions, 1734 [with Leathley and Moore] (Dublin Journal)
  • The Psalms of David in Metre ... to which are added Hymns, particularly designed for the Lord's Supper. Printed by S. Powell, for A. Bradley, at the Two Bibles in Dame's Street, over against Sycamore-Alley, Dublin, 1742 (Munter)
  • Source(s): 

    Dublin Journal, 913, 28–31 December 1734, p. 2

    Berry, Henry F., 'House and Shop Signs in Dublin in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries', The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 5th ser., 40.2 (30 June 1910), 81–98 (pp. 89–90)

    Flood, W.H. Grattan, 'Dublin Music Printing from 1685 to 1750', The Bibliographical Society of Ireland: Short Papers, 2.1 (1921), 7–12 (p. 11)

    Dix, E.R. McC., ‘Some Dublin Music Printers and Music Sellers of the Eighteenth Century’, The Irish Book Lover, 18.1 (January/February 1930), 26–28 (p. 27)

    Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith, Music Publishing in the British Isles, from the Beginning until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century; a Dictionary of Engravers, Printers, Publishers, and Music Sellers (London: Oxford University Press, 1970), pp. 82–83

    Boydell, Brian, A Dublin Musical Calendar 1700–1760 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1988), p. 261

    Munter, Robert, A Dictionary of the Print Trade in Ireland: 1550–1775 (New York: Fordham University Press, 1988), p. 33

    Pollard, M., A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550–1800: Based on the Records of the Guild of St Luke the Evangelist Dublin (London: Bibliographical Society, 2000), pp. 46–48

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Bradley, Abraham’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Leathley, Joseph’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Moore, Thomas', Dublin Music Trade Card Index <>

    Last Update: 12-02-2017