Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography

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The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography was a biographical dictionary of the nineteenth century, published by William Mackenzie in Glasgow.

Publication[edit]

The Dictionary was issued by part publication,[1] and its first edition appeared from 1857 to 1863. In collected form (1863) there were three volumes, originally issued in 16 parts.[2] A later edition appeared from 1876.[3]

Staff and writers[edit]

The Imperial Dictionary was edited by John Francis Waller from 1857 to 1866;[2] Patrick Edward Dove was general editor for the first 20 numbers,[4] John Service was on the editorial staff 1858 to 1862, acting as sub-editor under Dove.[5] Also involved editorially were William John Macquorn Rankine, Francis Bowen, John Eadie, and John Pringle Nichol.[6][7][8]

A list of contributors appeared in the first volume,[9] and a further list in volume II.[10]

Other contributors included:

There were engravings included by William Thomas Fry,[24] James Thomson,[25] and Richard Woodman.[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24598525M/The_imperial_dictionary_of_universal_biography
  2. ^ a b  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Waller, John Francis". Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography: A Series of Original Memoirs of Distinguished Men, of All Ages and All Nations. William Mackenzie. 1876. 
  4. ^ Cunliffe, John. "Dove, Patrick Edward". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7951.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Service, John". Dictionary of National Biography. 50. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  6. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Rankine, William John Macquorn". Dictionary of National Biography. 47. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  7. ^ Alexander Macdonald (1868). Handbook of the Law relative to Masters, Workmen, Servants & Apprentices, in all Trades & Occupations: With Notes of decided Cases in England, Scotland & Ireland. Will. Mackenzie. p. 431. 
  8. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1894). "Nichol, John Pringle". Dictionary of National Biography. 40. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  9. ^ John Francis Waller; John Eadie; William John Macquorn Rankine; Edwin Lankester (1857). The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography: A Series of Original Memoirs of Distinguished Men, of All Ages and All Nations. William Mackenzie, 22 Paternoster Row; Howard Street, Glasgow; South Bridge, Edinburgh. pp. 521–2. 
  10. ^ https://archive.org/stream/imperialdictiona02eadi#page/n9/mode/2up
  11. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1901). "Alexander, William Lindsay". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  12. ^ Records of a Family. Manchester University Press. p. 11. GGKEY:JQW794YFY97. 
  13. ^ Laurel Brake; Marysa Demoor (2009). Dictionary of Nineteenth-century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland. Academia Press. p. 207. ISBN 978-90-382-1340-8. 
  14. ^ Benjamin Disraeli (2009). Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1860-1864. University of Toronto Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-8020-9949-5. 
  15. ^  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Ferrier, James Frederick". Dictionary of National Biography. 18. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  16. ^  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Bell, John (1763-1820)". Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  17. ^ Brown, Clive. "Macfarren, Sir George Macfarren". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17498.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  18. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Taylor, Isaac (1787-1865)". Dictionary of National Biography. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  19. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Taylor, James (1813-1892)". Dictionary of National Biography. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  20. ^ Ovenden, Richard. "Ross, John Merry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/24128.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  21. ^ a b Frederick Wilse Bateson (1966). The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. CUP Archive. p. 274. GGKEY:SQT257C7TNL. 
  22. ^ Alison Chapman (2003). Victorian Women Poets. DS Brewer. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-85991-787-2. 
  23. ^ Rooksby, Rikky. "Swinburne, Algernon Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36389.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  24. ^ Oliver, Lois. "Fry, William Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10213.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  25. ^ Smith, Greg. "Thomson, James". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/27308.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  26. ^ Smith, Greg. "Woodman, Richard". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29931.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

External links[edit]

  • Waller, John Francis; Eadie, John; editors (1863). The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography, 3 volumes. Glasgow: William MacKenzie. Vols. 1 (AA–CZU), 2 (DAA–IWA), and 3 (JAA–ZWI) at HathiTrust.