Author Archives: Ingrid Tieken

Ownership marks in Lowth’s grammar

By his own estimate, Lowth’s grammar appeared in some 34,000 copies down to the end of his life. I happen to possess one of them, published in 1772. Interestingly, it includes references to various owners over the years, four in … Continue reading

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Lowth at New College, Oxford

If you think you spotted a familiar hand in this LinkedIn message by Christopher Skelton-Foord, you’re right! This is a letter by Robert Lowth, and part of a wonderful batch of letters that recently surfaced and that was acquired by … Continue reading

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Lowth on the cover

Congratulations, Bryan Garner, on this newly published book! What a great collection you possess, and what a wonderful idea to share it with the general public. (Source of the image: https://twitter.com/BryanAGarner/status/1344016547782733824/photo/1).

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Letters by Lowth auctioned at Sotheby’s

Occasionally, it seems, new letters by Lowth still come to light. This is a great find: 32 letters altogether. Wonder who bought them.

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Lowth in the OED

One of the ways I adopted in my Introduction to Late Modern English (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) to see to what extent people had left their mark on English vocabulary was by looking for their first usages in the OED. The … Continue reading

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Just out: another paper on Lowth

Yesterday, Robin Straaijer tweeted: It’s taken a while, but it’s finally been published in #LanguageAndHistory http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17597536.2016.1176293 … #sluitsteen. I In the article, he discusses “possible sources for Priestley’s norm of correctness in his grammar book, The Rudiments of English Grammar, from a socio-historical … Continue reading

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Lowth an Archbishop?

In my book The Bishop’s Grammar (OUP, 2011), I tried to put an end to the myth that it was as a bishop that Lowth wrote his Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762). While he was indeed a clergyman when he wrote … Continue reading

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A new letter by Lowth

A new letter by Robert Lowth has come to light: It is advertised on the website Modern First Editions (from which I took this image). This is very interesting news, but I have a lot of questions: the information on … Continue reading

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A scrap of a letter from Lowth

I’m very pleased to have become the owner of a scrap of a letter by Lowth, which basically contains his signature only. I was in two minds about bidding for it on ebay, because I’m appalled at the idea that … Continue reading

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An authentic portrait of Lowth?

This image with a detail from the newly discovered picture of Robert Lowth shows part of the spine of the book in the portrait: The spine, however, also reads “DONVM AVTORIS”, a gift from the author. I suppose it could … Continue reading

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