Frederic Boase

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Frederic Boase (1843–1916) was an English librarian and biographer.

He was trained for the law, but did not make a career of it. He was admitted a solicitor on 31 January 1867, and went into practice at Exmouth. In 1877 he was appointed as librarian to the Incorporated Law Society, retiring in September 1903.[1][2]

His major work was Modern English Biography. It was published in three volumes from 1892 to 1901. These were followed by a supplement of three volumes.[3] The work eventually contained 30,000 biographies of people dying in the period 1851 to 1900.[4]


  1. ^ Ralph Thomas, English Biographers, pp. 88–9 (1919), in Notes and Queries, 12th Series vol. 5,
  2. ^ Waller M. Sinclair , Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Library of the Incorporated Law Society (1906), Preface;
  3. ^ Obituary, p. 40 in Notes and Queries, 12th Series vol. 3, 13 January 1917;
  4. ^ Keith Thomas, Changing Conceptions of National Biography: the Oxford DNB in historical perspective, Issues 9-10; Issue 12, p. 21; Google Books.

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