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Biographia Britannica was a multi-volume biographical compendium, "the most ambitious attempt in the latter half of the eighteenth century to document the lives of notable British men and women".[1] The first edition, edited by William Oldys, appeared in 6 volumes between 1747 and 1766. Five volumes of an incomplete second edition, edited by Andrew Kippis with the assistance of Joseph Towers, appeared between 1778 and 1793.[1]

Contributors included Thomas Broughton and John Campbell, compiler of Lives of the Admirals (1742).


  1. ^ a b Nichol, Donald W. (1994), "Biographia Britannica", in Serafin, Steven, Eighteenth Century British Literary Biographers, Dictionary of Literary Biography, 142, Detroit: Gale Research Inc., pp. 287-293  


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