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Mr James Vessie
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Mr James Vessie

Historic Photographs
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Mr James Vessie
Historic Photographs
Mr James Vessie
A portrait of James Vessie from East Neuk Chronicles by William Skene (1905). The author describes Vessie as a one of the pioneers of cheap literature in Aberdeen, who, for about sixty years, traded as a new and second-hand bookseller.

He was born around 1813 in Forres and there he learnt the business of bookbinding and selling. He came to Aberdeen as a young man in the 1830s and set up business in this line. He also had a small circulating library.

For many years his business was located in the Gallowgate, then Upperkirkgate, Queen Street, and latterly George Street. He died in February 1895 at the age of 83 in the house of his daughter, Mrs Wilson.
Aberdeen Local Studies
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