Francis Lodwick Bibliography

Francis Lodwick is an important but incompletely understood figure in seventeenth-century thought. Following the facsimile reprint of his linguistic works with a pioneering introductory essay by Vivian Salmon in 1972, he is known, if at all, for his work in the fields of phonology, shorthand, and universal language. Lodwick, along with John Wilkins and George Dalgarno, was one of the three major figures in England to publish an attempt at an artificial language in the early-modern period; indeed, he was the first and the last of these men to publish on such matters, bringing out his first attempt, A Common Writing, in 1646, and then finishing off his career four decades later with his innovative universal phonetic alphabet, published in the Philosophical Transactions in 1686. His earlier work is characterised by his associations with the vibrant epistolary network centred around the ‘Great Intelligencer’ of revolutionary London, Samuel Hartlib (1600-1662); his later writings, conversely, were produced after Lodwick had become a fellow and central administrative figure of the Royal Society, and an inner member of Robert Hooke’s coterie.

The purpose of this working bibliography is twofold. First, it serves as a tool for navigating the writings of Francis Lodwick in the absence of any other fully descriptive bibliography… Secondly, it acts as a repository of information on Lodwick and his intellectual, social, and business life.