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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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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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Historiographia Linguistica: special issue on Lowth and his grammar

This month, a special issue of Historiographia Linguistica has come out called Robert Lowth (1710-1787): The making of his grammar and its influence¬†(HL XXXIX/1, 2012). ¬†The issue, which was guest-edited by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, has been dedicated to the … Continue reading

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Who was Harriet Knatchbull?

In an earlier post I put the question who Harriet Knatchbull was, the little girl, or so it seemed to me, who had been given a copy by Lowth himself of his grammar. This grammar is now in Chawton House … Continue reading

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Lowth’s grammars on the Internet

The database Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) includes 34 editions and reprints of Lowth’s grammar. You can find these by means of an Advanced Search string that includes Lowth = author AND grammar = title NOT Ash = author. If … Continue reading

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Lines inscribed on a Leaf of Lowth’s Grammar

This poem shows that Lowth’s grammar inspired its readers to more things that acquiring “the Art of rightly expressing our thoughts by Words” (Lowth 1762:1). The poem is part of a collection of poems called The Wiccamical Chaplet (1804), edited … Continue reading

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