1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Chalmers

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:499n.



The General Biographical Dictionary of Mr, A. Chalmers, is in fact a new edition of the work so called, of which the best impression was that of 1798, in 15 vols. octavo. The labours of Mr. Chalmers have increased it to more than double the number of volumes; and not fewer than thirty two octavo tomes form, now, our most popular biographical Dictionary. The sale has been great and prosperous: and the talk, in the Row, of the stock in sheets "getting low." If this be the case, the Editor will be thinking of buckling on his armour for another biographical campaign. Nor let him despair of getting through that campaign in the same creditable manner as heretofore. His "leaf" is far from being "sered" all over. The edges only are tawny and autumnal.