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DELAPLAINE, Joseph, publisher, b. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 December 1777 ; died there, 31 May 1824. He early opened a bookstore in Philadelphia, and in 1812, with John Fanning Watson, published "Epitome Historiae Sacra," and in 1813 began the serial publication of his "Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans," a series of engravings with biographical notices. Subsequently he exhibited his gallery of portraits in the larger cities of the Union.
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