William Thomas Lowndes
His principal work, The Bibliographer’s Manual of English Literature—the first systematic work of the kind—was published in four volumes in 1834. It took Lowndes fourteen years to compile, but, despite its merits, brought him neither fame nor money. "For years Lowndes was the national British bibliography." It is regarded as a "bibliographical classic" although "pleasurably more scattershot than systematic."
Lowndes, reduced to poverty, subsequently became cataloguer to Henry George Bohn, the bookseller and publisher. In 1839 he published the first parts of The British Librarian, designed to supplement his early manual, but owing to failing health did not complete the work.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
|William Thomas Lowndes (1869). Henry G. Bohn, ed. Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature. London: Bell and Daldy.|
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- George Watson Cole (1939), Do You Know Your Lowndes? A Bibliographical Essay on William Thomas Lowndes and Incidentally on Robert Watt and Henry G. Bohn
- Francesco Cordasco, "William Lowndes and The Bibliographer's Manual: A Retrospective Essay," in Lowndes, The Bibliographer's Manual (1967 reprint), 1:v-xii.
- David A. Stoker, "William Thomas Lowndes," in Nineteenth-Century British Book-Collectors and Bibliographers, ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack (1997), pp. 265–70.
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