P. Austin Nuttall

Peter Austin Nuttall (1792 or 1793 – 9 December 1869) was an English editor and classicist best known for dictionaries. He was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and moved to London after completing his studies, gaining a doctorate from Aberdeen University in 1822. He was a contributor and possibly an editor of The Gentleman's Magazine between 1820 and 1837.[1][2] From 1825 his editions of Latin authors were published. In 1839 he became a partner in a printing business, producing classics, educational reference books, anti-Catholic apologetics,[3] and revised editions of older dictionaries such as Walker's and Johnson's. In 1840 he petitioned Parliament against the Copyright Bill.[4] In 1863 Nuttall's Standard Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language was published. Nuttall died bankrupt and was survived by five children; his wife and at least three children predeceased him. Subsequently, Frederick Warne & Co published further dictionaries under his name as late as 1973,[5] and The Nuttall Encyclopædia in 1900[6] (revised up to 1956[7]).


Literary editions
  • Burns, Robert (1866). Willmott, Robert Aris (ed.). The poetical works of Robert Burns. Preface by P. Austin Nuttall. London. OCLC 793720328.
  • Fuller, Thomas (1840). Nuttall, P. Austin (ed.). History of the worthies of England. 3 vols. London: Thomas Tegg. OCLC 565629625.
  • Horace (1827–30). Nuttall, P. Austin (ed.). Q. Horatii Flacci opera : with an ordo and verbal translation. 4 vols. Translated by John Stirling. London: Printed for T. Ward. OCLC 8301987.
  • Juvenal (1825). Nuttall, P. Austin (ed.). D. Junii Juvenalis Satirae. Translated by John Stirling. London: T. Ward. OCLC 37832031.
  • Juvenal (1836). Nuttall, P. Austin (ed.). D. Junii Juvenalis Satirae. Linear translation by John Stirling; verse translation by William Gifford (Revised ed.). London: Printed for the editor by Nichols & Son. OCLC 937025568. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  • Virgil (1826). P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolica; containing an ordo and interlineal translation accompanying the text; a treatise on Latin versification and references to a scanning table. Translated by Nuttall, P. Austin. OCLC 950774565.
Reference works



  • Taylor, Peter. "Walker's Dictionary: Background Information". johnwalkerdictionaries.co.uk. 3.11 Peter Austin Nuttall [based on Hawkes 1954]. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  • Hawkes, A. J (1954). Bagley, J. J (ed.). "Peter Austin Nuttall: a forgotten Lancashire scholar, first editor of Nuttall's standard dictionary". Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society. Manchester. 64: 83–92.


  1. Kuist, James M. (July 1982). The Nichols file of the Gentleman's magazine: attributions of authorship and other documentation in editorial papers at the Folger Library. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 9780299084806.
  2. de Montluzin, Emily Lorraine (1994). "Attributions of Authorship in the "Gentleman's Magazine", 1809–26: A Supplement to Kuist". Studies in Bibliography. Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. 47: 164–195: 193. JSTOR 40371999.; de Montluzin, Emily Lorraine (1996). "Attributions of Authorship in the "Gentleman's Magazine", 1827-48: A Supplement to Kuist". Studies in Bibliography. Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. 49: 176-207: 205. JSTOR 40372035.
  3. Moody, T. H. Croft (1843). The Foundation of the Roman Church Destroyed by a Chain of Argumental Evidence. Cheltenham: P. A. Nuttall. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. Journals of the House of Commons (PDF). Vol.95. 1840. p. 313. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. Dawson, Lawrence H (1976) [1973]. Nuttall's concise standard dictionary of the English language (New ed.). London: F. Warne. OCLC 16369801.
  6. Wood, James (1900). The Nuttall Encyclopaedia; Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge. London: F. Warne & Co. OCLC 560375817. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  7. Wood, James; Dawson, Lawrence H.; Prior, C.M. (1956). The Nuttall encyclopedia, dealing with biography, geography, history, mythology, literature, science and invention, religions of the world, politics, art, music, ... : the stage, sport. business, law, etc. London & New York: F. Warne. OCLC 70283857.
  • de Montluzin, Emily Lorraine. "Matches for "Nuttall"". Attributions of Authorship in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1868: An Electronic Union List. The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. Retrieved 12 September 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
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