General Biographical Dictionary

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  • Many similar books were also produced at the same time such as Alexander Chalmers' General Biographical Dictionary.
  • The book was largely inspired by another book of the same name by a British author, the General Biographical Dictionary of Alexander Chalmers.
  • The General Biographical Dictionary was a bestselling book of the early 19th century, compiled by British author Alexander Chalmers.
  • The Dictionary was an enlarged edition of theNew and General Biographical Dictionary, which was first published in eleven volumes in 1761.
  • Chalmers's edition had as full title The General Biographical Dictionary: containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation, particularly the British and Irish, from the earliest accounts to the present time.
  • He also collected material for a continuation of John Le Neve's Lives of the Protestant Bishops, which he presented to Alexander Chalmers for use in his General Biographical Dictionary.
  • CHALMERS, ALEXANDER, a miscellaneous writer, born at Aberdeen; settled in London; edited the "British Essayists" in 45 vols., and author of "A General Biographical Dictionary." Cited from The Nuttall Encyclopaedia, Edited by Rev. James Wood