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Edward Lane: Papers on the Arabic-English Lexicon

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8843

Scope and Contents

Comprises one bound volume of letters and papers relating to the publication of the Lexicon, including correspondence with Lord Prudhoe, and loose correspondence (copy letters) on the same subject, progress and practicalities of the publication. The correspondence has been calendared to provide short summaries of the contents, including some direct quotation. The catalogue has retained original historic language that may be offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. In order to reflect the original context of creation, such historic language has not been edited or replaced.


  • Creation: 1841-1880 (Circa)


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Biographical / Historical

Edward William Lane (1801-1876), Arabic scholar and lexicographer, prepared the standard Arabic-English Lexicon in Egypt, 1842-1849, and afterwards in England. He was financed during the preparation and publication of the Lexicon by Algernon Percy, Lord Prudhoe, 4th Duke of Northumberland (1792-1865), and after his death by his widow Eleanor, Duchess of Northumberland. The Lexicon appeared in eight parts, 1863-1893, parts 7 and 8 edited by Lane's great-nephew, S. Lane Poole.


1 archive box(es) (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Richard J. Lane to his daughter Clara, but lent indefinitely to his nephew Reginald Stuart Poole, 1868. Purchased by Library, 1990.

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