1727, from stationery wares
(c.1680) "articles sold by a stationer," from stationer
"seller of books and paper," 1311, from M.L. stationarius
"stationary seller," from L. stationem
) "station" (see station
). 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.