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Nichols, John
[Hebrew Orthography] or An Interpretation of All the Proper Names Contained in Holy Scripture, Including in Particular the Orthography and Etymology of Hebrew Words and Words in Other Languages, Interpolated with Sundry Phylological and Grammatical Remarks, the Whole Composed in Alphabetical Order. By J. Nichols. Unpublished Hebrew orthography by the antiquarian and prolific publisher Nichols
England, Late 18th or early 19th century, 1745. The author of this unpublished work on Hebrew orthography is most likely John Nichols (1745-1826), owner at the end of the eighteenth century of one of the largest printing houses in London, editor of the Gentleman's Magazine and author of several notable antiquarian works, most importantly his monumental four volume History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester (1795-1815), 'the most ambitious of the antiquarian county histories' (ODNB). The manuscript is described on the title page as being by 'J. Nichols' and the Introduction is signed 'John Nichols'. It is unrecorded and there are no other known manuscript copies to assist in confirming his authorship but Nichols, who was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries from 1777, was the author of several antiquarian works many of which were not subsequently published. As Julian Pooley notes, Nichols 'worked furiously hard at astonishing speed and, as editor and printer of the monthly Gentleman's Magazine from 1778 he had ready access to the wider antiquarian community... Nichols' printing shop became the unofficial post office and clearing house for a countrywide network of antiquaries and the magazine became a communication lifeline for isolated antiquaries in remote country parishes, a forum for debate and a compendium of the latest research' (Julian Pooley, 'The Nichols family and their press (1777-1873)', published online on The British Library website). The Durham antiquary, James Raine, later said of Nichols that 'there are few departments in which, by his pen, or his … [Click Below for Full Description]
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