1727, from stationery wares (c.1680) "articles sold by a stationer," from 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.
"bookdealer, seller of books and paper," early 14c. from Medieval Latin stationarius "stationary seller", i.e NOT a roving pedlar.
P.S. The word is correctly spelled later in the article. Or should that be "spelt"?
See "An Infestation of Spiders [Part 1]" (read again)
See "An Infestation of Spiders [Part 2]" (read again)
"Absolutely not!" Di replied with a wicked smile, "You take my rough workings home and you finish it. You'll never learn unless you try. Have an Eccles cake before you go!"
We will see what sort of mess the happy amateur makes of a London "spider" map.
Meanwhile, consider this ... There are other ways to design train diagrams; like this unofficial version of London's rail network, based on circles and using the Overgound line via Hampstead Heath as a perfect circle "anchor" - well it's different!
Commuters and tourists may sometimes feel like they are getting nowhere on the London Underground, but a new re-imagining of the iconic Tube map has suggested going round in circles is no bad thing. Dr Max Roberts has issued a redesign of the map based on concentric circles, partly inspired by the orbital London Overground. The London Underground map expert said the official map was becoming too cluttered. In a posting on the Going Underground blog, he wrote: "Grounding a map in familiar shapes such as circles can make it easy to comprehend".
Dr Max's map certainly provokes some thought; but again, straining geographical rectitude produces howlers elsewhere.