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Bare, Valuable and Curious Old Books,
Comprising his Stock ; selected from the best Libraries recently dispersed in

England and Abroad.
All books are in fine library condition, and are warranted perfect.

ENGLISH LITERATURE. LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS: 1 AKERMAN's Wiltshire Tales, 12mo. cloth, 3s 6d

1853 2 ANDREWES (G.) Dictionary of the Slang and Cant Languages, ancient and modern, 8vo. coloured frontispiece, 58

1809 3 BAKER'S (A. E.) Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases, with the Customs of the County, 2 vols. 8vo. (published at 24:s) cloth, 158

1854 4 BARETT (J.) Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionaire, containing foure sundrie tongues ;

namelie English, Latine, Greeke, and French, sm. fol. woodcut title, 24s 1580 5 Cooper's Glossary of the Provincialism in use in the County of Sussex, 12mo. second edition, cloth, 3s 6d

1853 6 CRABB's English Synonymes explained, stout 8vo. 904 pp. hf. calf neat, 78 1818 7 CRAVEN DIALECT in the West Riding of the County of York, with a copious GlosSARY and Dialogues, 2 vols. 8vo. (pub. at 20s) cloth, 14s

1828 8 CUMBERLAND Dialect. RELPH's Miscellany of Poems, containing pastorals in the Cumberland Dialect, with Glossary, 8vo. calf, 6s

Glasgow, 1747 9 DUCANGE ANGLICUS: the Vulgar Tongue, a Glossary of Slang, Cant, and Flash

Words and Phrases, used in London, from 1839 to 1859; Flash Songs, Essays on Slang, and a Bibliography of Canting and Slang Literature, second edition, improved and much enlarged, 1 vol. 12mo. cloth, 38 6d

1859 10

another copy, 12mo. printed on ONE SIDE ONLY, and interleaved, intended for the Editor of a future edition, half morocco, 20s

1859 PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION. This, the second edition, has the two separate Glossaries of the first arranged into One Alphabet, with a few authenticated additions. Added to the little volume are several Slang Phrases, and articles on Slang, which will be amusing to the general reader, and of interest to the critical philologist.

The Bibliography at the end, shows that already in 1674, in a second edition of the Canting Academy, the author speaks of " Old Words,” and such as are now most in use. This refutes the assertion of modern writers that Slang is an article of recent growth.

The present edition, like the first, has been confined to 250 copies.

A favourable review of the first edition appeared in the Athenæum.* For this second edition the indulgence of critics is asked, as it lays no claim to critical supervision, being simply a reprint of the materials entrusted into the editor's hands ;-the issue of a careful critical edition must be the task of a painstaking scholar.

*“Now that Slang is everywhere fashionable,–in the street, on the platform, in the drawingroom—this curious little handbook of “The Vulgar Tongue' cannot fail of success. Our fair readers who wish to captivate our bold sex may here find the prettiest phrases, and our country cousins who would perfect themselves in the flash words principally used in London,' as now and then made public through the medium of those very interesting police reports, cannot do better than'nab the chance and buy this · leary little book.'"-Athenæum, Jan. 1, 1859.

A Dictionary of Slang Words and Phrases, collected in London, from

1839 to 1859


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41 Slang Words and Phrases

42 Specimens of Flash .

45 A Tailor's Handbill, in Slang, with Translation

48-49 The House-breaker's Song

50–51 The Leary Man, a Flash Song

. 52-55 Slang, an Essay, reprinted from Dickens's Household Words

56—75 Bibliography of the Canting and Slang Literature, from 1674—1826 77-80 11 FORBY (Rev. R.) Vocabulary of East Anglia ; Norfolk and Suffolk, 2 vols. in 1, 8vo. portrait (pub. at 218), bds. 16s

1830 12 GRADUS AD CANTABRIGIAM, or a Dictionary of Terms, academical and colloquial, or

Cant, which are used at the University of Cambridge, 12mo. 38 6d Lond. 1803 13 [GROSE's (Captain)] Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 8vo. first edition,

1785 Of this edition an illustrated issue exists, with the title changed to “Blackguardiana,” or a Dictionary of Rogues, Bawds, Pimps, etc. illustrated with 18 portraits (of bad characters) by Caulfield, interspersed with Anecdotes and Flash Songs (reprinted from A new Canting Dictionary, 12mo. 1725,"') 8vo. 8. a. 14 the second edition, corrected and enlarged, 8vo. 108

1788 the third edition, corrected and enlarged, 8vo. 78 6d

1796 16

[the fourth edition] revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous Slang Phrases, collected from tried authorities, by Pierce Egan, 8vo. port, of

Grose, and a biographical sketch, illustrated by woodcuts, half calf, 98 1823

Motto: “A kind of cant phraseology is current from one end of the Metropolis to the other, and you will scarcely be able to move a single step, my dear JERRY, without consulting a Slang Dictionary, or having some friend at your elbow to explain the strange expressions which, at every turn, will assail your ear."- Corinthian Tom-LIFE in London. 17 HALLIWELL'S (J. O.) Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete

Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, illustrating early English Authors, from the
XIV th Century, 2 vols. 8vo. (original price £2. 2s) bds. 12s

1855 18

the same, 2 vols. in 1, 8vo. calf gilt, 158 This useful work begins with a History of the English Provincial Dialects, of 36 pp. ; to every Word in the whole Dictionary an Ancient or Provincial poet or other source is given, and when purely Provincial, the name of the County is added, where the Word or Phrase is used.

An indispensable book to the reader of our old Poets, Dramatists, Theologians, and other writers, whose works abound with allusions of which explanations are not to be found in ordinary Dictionaries and other books of reference.

The exact number of words in this dictionary is 51,027, many of which have never appeared even in scattered glossaries, and are illustrated by original authorities. 19 HOLYOKE's large Dictionary, English-Latin, Latin-English, and Proper Names, 3 parts in 1 vol. folio, calf, 12s

1677-6 20 HULOET (Richard) Abcedarium Anglico-Latinum, pro Tyrunculis, Ricardo Hu

loeto Escriptore, folio, first edition, fine copy, half calf, £7.78 Riddell, 1552

“This first edition is, next to the Promptorium Parvulorum, the most valuable early English dictionary known to philologists. The second and only other edition, issued in 1572, is so mo. dernised and altered as to be almost another work. No copy of the first edition is cited by Lowndes, and the present is the only one I have seen for sale. It was not well described in the sale catalogue, and I obtained it for a mere trifle, my commission for it being however no less than TWENTY POUNDS,'-Halliwell's MS. note. 21 HUNTER's Hallamshire Glossary, 8vo. 192 pp. LARGE PAPER, uncut, 12s 1829

Only TWELVE COPies were printed on Large Paper. Hallamshire is on the southern border of Yorkshire. 22 JAMIESON'S Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 2 vols.; Sup

plement, 2 vols.-together 4 vols. 4to. rare, calf, £5 5s Edinburgh, 1808-25 23 JAMIESON'S (Dr. John) ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE SCOTTISH LAN

GUAGE, illustrating their Significations from ancient and modern Writers, shewing their Affinity to other Languages, and elucidating National Rites, Customs, and Institutions, in their Analogy to those of other Nations, with the Supplement, 4 vols. 4to. (pub. at £8. 88) £5. 58

Edinb. 1808-24 This is universally admitted to be one of the most important lexicographical works published in any country, and has long maintained a high price in the book market.

“ An admirable Dictionary, which has been of great use to me.”—R. Nares. This valuable work is rapidly getting scarce ; the second edition of this book, 2 vols. 4to. 1841,

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