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A NEW AND GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY; ...
A new and general biographical dictionary; containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation; particularly the British and Irish; from the earliest account of time to the present period. Wherein their remarkable actions and sufferings, their virtue, parts, and learning, are accurately displayed. With a catalogue of their literary productions. A new edition, in fifteen volumes, greatly enlarged and improved. ...
London: printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, J. Johnson, J. Nichols, J. Sewell, H.L. Gardner [and 23 others in London], 1798.
15 vols ; 21.5 cm. (8º)

First published in eleven volumes in 1762, and republished and expanded several times, this was the most successful of the eighteenth-century octavo biographical dictionaries. See I. Rivers, 'Biographical dictionaries and their uses from Bayle to Chalmers', in Books and their readers in the eighteenth-century, ed. I. Rivers, London 2001, p. 159. This edition was revised by William Tooke (vols 1--5), Robert Nares and William Beloe (vols 6--15). ESTC t138966.

Binding C19th tree calf, thick-ruled borders, gilt-ruled spines direct-lettered in gilt.

Reference Number 678


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