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 occasionally been published in England. Illustrated by a Variety of Communications from Persons of the first Eminence in the World of Letters. William Blake, J. Watkins, F. Shoberl.

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 occasionally been published in England. Illustrated by a Variety of Communications from Persons of the first Eminence in the World of Letters.

1816. London: Henry Colburn, 1816.

8vo, viii, 449 pp. With 2 leaves of ads at the front, and another 2 at the back, dated 1818. Original boards, paper backstrip (slightly rubbed with loss of label), some wear to boards, a very fine copy entirely uncut and in original state as issued.

§ First edition of one of the earliest biographical references to William Blake “an eccentric and very ingenious artist”, as well as a large number of writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron but (amazingly) no Shelley (Mary or Percy), no Keats, and no Jane Austen. Bentley, Blake Books, 2929: “references to Blake under William Hayley, W. Blake, and William Blake”. Some claim Watkins authored A-K and Shoberl the rest. Item #106809

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