Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin


Thomas Frognall Dibdin was born in India and studied at St John's College Oxford (B.A. 1801, M.A. 1825, D.D. 1825) and briefly at Lincoln's Inn (1794) before taking orders (1804). Dibdin was Vicar of Exing, Cambridgeshire (1823) and Rector of St. Mary's, Bryanston Square (1824-47). Devoted himself to bibliography, he was one of the founders of the Roxburghe Club and assisted John Nichols in compiling his Literary Anecdotes.


1792 ca.Twickenham Meadows: a Poem, written at the Age of Seventeen Years.


Poems. 1797.
An introduction to the knowledge of rare and valuable editions of the Greek and Roman classics. 1802.
The Director; a weekly literary journal.
Specimen bibliotechae britannicae. 1808.
The bibliomania; or, book-madness ... in an epistle addressed to Richard Heber. 1809.
The typographical antiquities of Great Britain. 4 vols, 1810-19.
Bibliography, a poem. 1812.
Bibliotecha Spenceriana: or a descriptive catalogue of the library of Earl Spencer. 4 vols, 1814-15.
The bibliographical decameron. 3 vols, 1817.
A bibliographical antiquarian and picturesque tour in France and Germany. 3 vols, 1821.
Aedes Althorpianae: or an account of the mansion, books and pictures at Althorp. 2 vols, 1822.
The library companion. 2 vols, 1824.
The Sunday library: a selection of sermons from eminent divines. 6 vols, 1831.
Bibliophobia: remarks on the present languid state of literature and the book trade, by Mercurious Rusticus. 1832.
Reminiscences of a literary life. 1836.
The bibliographical, antiquarian and picturesque tour in the northern counties of England and Scotland. 3 vols, 1838.
Cranmer: a novel, by a member of the Roxburgh Club. 3 vols, 1839.