By GEORGE L. BARNETT, Indiana University and STUART M. TAVE, University of Cbicago*
THE SIX-PAGE Lamb bibliography provided by Edmund Blunden for The Cambridge Bibliograpby of English Literature ( 1940) indicates the large amount of writing that has been done on Lamb. The items are conveniently grouped according to subject, but much that bears only indirectly on Lamb could have been omitted. In addition to this, one should also consult the annual bibliographies in PMLA, English Literary History (from 1937 through 1949), and Philological Quarterly (beginning with 1750). Since the founding in February 1935 of the Charles Lamb Society ( London), the successive editors of the C. L. S. Bulletin have added from time to time a "Current Bibliography," which includes notes and criticism submitted to provincial papers.
Described as a "Collectors' Bibliography," cataloguing only first editions of Lamb's books and those containing contributions by him and his sister, A Bibliography of the First Editions in Book Form of the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb published prior to Charles Lamb's Death in 1834 was compiled by Luther S. Livingston for J. A. Spoor in 1903. The facsimiles____________________