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Clarke [Clark, Clerk], John  

Andrew Walkling

(d ?London, 1695). English instrument- and bookseller. Few if any personal details of his life can be ascertained, particularly given the large number of people with the same or a similar name who were involved in the printing and publishing industry in the late 17th century. He first appears in 1681, when he co-published (with John Hudgebut) John Banister (ii)’s The Most Pleasant Companion, an oblong, octavo, mostly engraved volume of ‘Choice New Lessons for the Recorder or Flute’. Throughout the ensuing decade, operating out of his shop at the Golden Viol in St. Paul’s Churchyard, he specialized in similarly formatted ‘tutors’ for a variety of instruments, including recorder, flageolet, violin, lyra viol, and cittern. Each tutor combined instructions for playing the instrument with a selection of tunes, rendered primarily in tablature. Among other publications, he issued nine editions of Youth’s Delight on the Flagelet (beginning in ...