Sir Edward Maunde Thompson

(1840—1929) palaeographer and librarian

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Born in Jamaica, Thompson’s career was in the British Museum (seebritish library), where he eventually became principal librarian (renamed director) in 1888. He was a prolific editor, particularly of medieval texts and published important accounts of Shakespeare's handwriting; however, his monumental accomplishment, which began as an article for the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, was An Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography (1912).

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.

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