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A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY ...
A biographical dictionary of the living authors of Great Britain and Ireland; comprising literary memoirs and anecdotes of their lives; and a chronological register of their publications, with the number of editions printed; including notices of some foreign writers whose works have been occasionally published in England. Illustrated by a variety of communications from persons of the first eminence in the world of letters.
London: printed for Henry Colburn, 1816.
viii, 449, [1] p. ; 21.7 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. On verso of title-page: Printed by A.J. Valpy. 'Mr. [Frederic] Shoberl proceeded to assure me, in the presence of his son, that the work was written by [John] Watkins as far as the letter F -- that some dispute with the publishers then arose -- that the materials were therefore handed over to himself -- and that he completed the work as it now appears'. -- Bolton Corney, in Notes & Queries, 1st ser., v. 11 (1855), p. 34. The work is sometimes attributed to William Upcott. Upwards of 7,000 entries, generally short entries on the well-known but mostly the now not well-known. Short notes on Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth, etc. with an early entry for Blake, also Godwin, Malthus and Ricardo, both George ('son of the celebrated architect') and John Soane are included but not Shelley or Jane Austen who published anonymously. Soane's publications are listed as simply 'A Statement of Facts respecting a New House of Lords, 8vo, 1799. - And various Designs of Buildings', those of his son George as 'The Eve of St. Marco, nov. 3 v. 12mo. 1812. - Knight Dæmon and Robber Chief, 12mo. 1812'.

Binding C19th purple calf, thick-thin gilt-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label, marbled edges to match the endpapers. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 3s. 6d., 13 August 1830. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.14).

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