1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Oldys

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in The Bibliomania (1809) 64n.



Oldys's interleaved Langbaine is re-echoed in almost every recent work connected with the belles-lettres of our country. Oldys himself was unrivalled in this method of illustration; if, besides his Langbaine, his copy of Fuller's Worthies ... be alone considered! This Oldys was the oddest mortal that ever scribbled for bread. Grose, in his Olio, gives an amusing account of his having "a number of small parchment bags inscribed with the names of the persons whose lives he intended to write; into which he put every circumstance and anecdote he could collect, and from thence drew up his history."