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.
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.
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