stationery (n.) 1727, from stationery wares (c.1680) "articles sold by a stationer," from STATIONER (Cf. stationer) "seller of books and paper" (q.v.). Roving peddlers were more common in the Middle Ages; sellers with a fixed location were often bookshops licensed by universities. The Company of Stationers, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, was founded 1556.

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