Allibone, S. Austin; Kirk, John Foster. A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors (5 volume set, complete); Living and Deceased from the earliest accounts to the latter half of the Nineteenth Century; containing over forty-six thousand articles (authors), with forty Indexes of Subjects. with A Supplement to Allibone's Critical Dictionary...&c. containing over thirty-seven thousand articles (authors), and enumerating over ninety-three thousand titles. Detroit: The Gale Research Company, 1965. 
Five volume set in blue cloth, each 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, former library set from the non-circulating reference section, library labels removed from spines, these never had card pockets. "Discarded" stamps on the title pages and top & bottom closed page edges. The set takes up 12 inches of shelf space. There is one page in this set that had creasing and a closed tear; we repaired it with archival document tape. Good. Hardcover.
Allibone is the author of the initial three volumes, first published 1858-70; Kirk the author of the Supplement, 1891. Facsimile printings slightly smaller in size than the original volumes, but with the complete original content.
Allibone was the first reference set that we purchased when moving toward a full-time book business some twenty-five years ago, and it has been an invaluable resource. In addition to popular authors, it has an excellent representation of ecclesiastical ones, with thousands of entries of ministers and pastors. The Supplement continues the work until near the end of the 19th century. As with many older resources, scholarly research would require one to consult more modern references regarding an author if such a reference is available. Allibone is the place to start, however, to put yourself on the right track; it is often the only resource that will mention the more obscure authors of bygone days.
Samuel Austin Allibone (1816-1889), b. Philadelphia; d. Lucerne, Switzerland. An Episcopalian, Allibone descended from French Huguenots and Quakers. He devoted his life to the cause of Christianity, literary studies, and bibliographic work. He was for many years the book editor and corresponding secretary of the American Sunday School Union. He copyrighted his Critical Dictionary in 1854, and published the first volume in 1859, but it took a joint venture with J. B. Lippincott in 1870 to see the expanded work brought to print in its entirety. The Supplement by John Foster Kirk was published in two volumes in 1891 & 1892.
Allibone was the author of an Alphabetical Index to the New Testament (1868); Explanatory Questions on the Gospels and the Acts (1869); Union Bible Companion (1871); Evidences of the Divine Origin of the Holy Scriptures (1871); as well as books of quotations, and bibliographic studies.