Scottish librarians and authors of the posthumous four-volume Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain (1882–8), commonly termed ‘Halkett and Laing’. Halkett began its compilation while cataloguing the Advocates’ Library in Edinburgh; Laing inherited Halkett’s material and doubled the entries after Halkett’s death. The book speedily became a standard reference work with a high reputation for accuracy. An expanded nine-volume edition appeared 1926–62. See alsoanonymity; pseudonyms.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.