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(Cook). Kippis, Andrew.

BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA:

Or the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons Who Have Flourished in Great-Britain and Ireland, From the Earliest Ages, to the Present Times: Collected From the Best Authorities, Printed and Manuscript, and Digested in the Manner of Mr Bayle’s Historical and Critical Dictionary. Vols.1-5A-FAS 9 [All published]. ... John Rivington 1778-93
2nd Ed. 5 vols. Folio. Vol. 1 lacking t.p., all vols. disbound, browning, some minor tears at gutter hinge in parts where text block broken, w.a.f. Hill, p.354; Holmes 110. The most important of the new biographies to be included in this edition is Kippis’s Life of Cook, which was first published seperately in 1778 and appears here in the fourth volume, issued in 1789. ‘Kippis considered that an abridgement would be worthless so (he) repirnted the complete text from his quarto edition of 1778 with the exception of the preface and appended materials.’ Andrew Kippis (1725–1795), English nonconformist clergyman and biographer. ODNB ‘... It is for his Biographia Britannica, of which he was editor and prime mover, that Kippis is mainly known. He was recognized, for good or ill, depending on the view of the reader, as the leading biographer of his day. While the Biographia was partial in coverage and the selection of those included was open to criticism the five volumes that did appear mark a significant development in biographical literature that was built upon in the following century. It was a monumental achievement of scholarship, not only on Kippis's part but also on that of the contributors whom he employed ... ‘
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