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This eighteenth volume of a Re-issue of the DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY comprises the fifty-second, fiftythird and fifty-fourth volumes of the original edition, viz., Volume LII (Shearman-Smirke) published in October 1897; Volume LIII (Smith-Stanger) published in January 1898; Volume LIV (Stanhope-Stovin) published in April 1898. Errors have as far as possible been corrected, and some of the bibliographies have been revised, but otherwise the text remains unaltered.
Three supplementary volumes, published in the autumn of 1901, and now forming the XXIInd and last volume of this Re-issue, supply (with a few accidental omissions) memoirs of persons who died while the original volumes were in course of quarterly publication. The death of Queen Victoria (22nd January 1901) forms the limit of the undertaking.
THE INDEX AND EPITOME of the Dictionary, which is published in a separate volume, gives, with full cross-references, an alphabetical list of all memoirs in both the DICTIONARY (1885–1900) and the SUPPLEMENT to the DictioNARY (1901).