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John Horne Tooke’s copy, with many annotations


1.    [AELFRIC.] Lisle, William. Divers ancient monvments in the Saxon tongve: written seven hundred yeares agoe. Shewing that both in the Old and New Testament, the Lords prayer, and the Creede, were then used in the mother tongue ... Whereunto is added out of the Homilies and Epistles of Ælfricus a second edition of a Testimony of antiquity touching the Sacrament, and a Sermon on the Paschall Lambe ... London: printed by E. G. for Francis Eglesfield, 1638.      $4,250

Small 4to, pp. [62], [88], [16], [48]; leaf M1 (a sectional title) is cancelled, cancellans not bound in; old brown calf, rebacked in sheep, gilt lettering direct on spine.

John Horne Tooke's copy, copiously annotated on approximately 110 pages, chiefly extracting vocabulary, but also frequently drawing attention to passages that meet with his approval, as "...what tongue is able more shortly and with less doubtfulnesse, to give utterance and make way for the cumbersome conceits of our minde, than ours? ... Tell me not it is a mingle-mangle; for so all are."

"Even the sale of books from his library showed that the world expected great philological and philosophical benefits from Tooke's mind. His copy of Johnson's Dictionary, 'with a great number of MS. notes, alterations, emendations by Mr. Tooke' was sold for the fantastic price of two hundred pounds, accounting for nearly one-sixth of the proceeds of the sale. His copy of Lye's Dictionarium Saxonicum (1772) with 'MS. notes' went for thirty-four pounds, Locke's Essay for thirteen, and the Works for eighteen, both with 'MS. notes by Mr. Tooke'. It would be a good while before anyone would pay attention to the opinion that 'with all his swaggering upon the subject, even he was barbarously ignorant of all the Teutonic tongues; and owes what reputation he enjoyed solely to a happy knack of outbullying his opponents upon subjects with which he and they were alike conversant" (Aarsleff, The Study of Language in England, pp. 71-2).

STC 160.5 ["Anr. issue, w. cancels for the 2 preliminary leaves, M1, and O2..."]


2.    [AMERICAN ANTIQUES.] Baltimore furniture. The work of Baltimore and Annapolis cabinetmakers from 1760 to 1810. Baltimore: 1947.     $150

First edition, small folio, pp. 195; extensively illustrated throughout; spine a little sunned, else very good in original red cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.


3.    [AMERICAN ANTIQUES.] Downs, Joseph. American furniture. Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods. New York: Macmillan, 1952. $65

First edition, large 4to, pp. xxxix, [1] plus 401 illustrations of selections from Winterthur, each with descriptive text; original terracotta cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, dust jacket torn, with some loss and splits at folds. Signed by Joseph Downs on the title page.


4.    [AMERICAN ANTIQUES.] Stoneman, Vernon C. John and Thomas Seymour: cabinetmakers in Boston, 1794-1816. Boston: Special Publications, 1959.      $125

First edition limited to 2000 copies, small folio, pp. 393, [2]; extensively illustrated throughout, some in color; original brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine; covers spotted, spine a little dull; otherwise very good in publisher's slipcase with printed paper label.


Uncommon work on slang

5.    ANDREWS, GEORGE. A dictionary of the slang and cant languages: ancient and modern. As used by Adam Tylers, badgers, bullies ... and every class of offenders ... London: George Smeeton, n.d., [1809].  SOLD

First and only edition, 8vo, pp. [32]; folding hand-colored frontispiece by Cruikshank; a nice, uncut copy in original drab wrappers, spine partially split.

"One great misfortune to which the public are liable, is, that thieves have a language of their own; by which means they associate together in the streets without fear of being over-heard or understood ... The principal end I had in view in publishing this dictionary, was, to expose the cant terms of their language, in order to the more easy detection of their crimes; and I flatter myself, by the perusal of this work, the public will become acquainted with their mysterious phrases, and better able to frustrate their designs" (Advertisement).

Cohn, George Cruikshank, 29; Rosenbach, Widener Catalogue, p. 18, notes the plate is by Isaac Cruikshank, with the background by George Cruikshank; Vancil, p. 8; Coleman II, pp. 115-119.


6.    [ANGELO, VALENTI.] Grabhorn, Robert, Anne Englund, et al. Valenti Angelo author illustrator printer. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1976.      $375

Edition limited to 400 copies printed by Andrew Hoyem, and signed by Valenti Angelo on the colophon; folio, pp. 97, [2]; fine copy in original red cloth-backed orange paper-covered boards, printed paper label on spine; plain white paper jacket soiled and slightly chipped.

Illustrated throughout with 43 facsimiles of Angelo's work, mostly in color and mostly full-page. Includes texts by Robert Grabhorn, Sherwood Anderson, Annis Duff, Valenti Angelo himself, as well as a bibliographical checklist of Angelo's work by Anne Englund. Design of the title page and decorations throughout by Angelo who has also added colors and gold by hand.


7.    ASCHAM, ROGER. The schoolmaster: or, plain and perfect way of teaching children to understand, write, and speak the Latin tongue ... Now corrected, and revised, with an addition of explanatory notes, by the Rev. Mr. James Upton... London: Benj. Tooke, 1711.      $850

8vo, pp. [12], xiii, [1], 212, [2], 40, [4] ads; 1 full page engraved illustration; full contemporay speckled calf, gilt rules on covers; a very good, sound copy.

See Printing and the Mind of Man, 90: "In 1553 [Ascham] began the work which has made him famous, The Scholemaster. The book was occasioned by a debate at dinner with Sir William Cecil and others on the pros and cons of flogging in schools, with Ascham the protagonist of the anti-floggers ... It is not for use in schools ... nor was it really an original or revolutionary work, for the famous plea for gentle persuasion, as opposed to flogging, had been anticipated at Winchester, and had already found support in England. The expression of this humane spirit however, and the lively defense of the vernacular in The Scholemaster--and perhaps also the touching description of Lady Jane Gray reading the Phaedo while everyone else was out hunting--have made it famous."

Alston X, 14; Lowndes I, p. 87: "A book that will be always useful, and everlastingly esteemed ..."


8.    [ATLAS.] Gaspari, Adam Christian. Neuer methodischer schul-atlas ... entworfen von Franz Ludwig Güssefeld. Erster (zweyter) cursus. Weimar: Industrie Comptoirs, 1799-1801.      $1,500

Oblong 4to, 2 parts in 1, 2 p.l. plus 15 maps hand-colored in outline; 2 p.l. plus 35 maps hand-colored in outline (including Australia); the maps are of land masses only and contain no information as to nation or geographical feature and are meant for students to learn the names of them; old calf-backed boards worn and rubbed, but sound; maps generally in very good condition. 6 in OCLC, all in Europe.


9.    [AWDELAY, JOHN.] The fraternitye of vacabondes; as wel of ruslyng vacabondes, as of beggerly, of women as of men, of gyrles as of boyes, with their proper names and qualities. With a description of the crafty company of cousoners and shifters. Westminster: reprinted for Machell Stace, 1813.      $375

Fourth edition, slim 8vo, pp. [4], 27, [1]; title printed in red and black; an uncut copy in later vellum-backed floral boards; near fine.

The first edition appeared in 1565 and the third in 1603. These early editions are virtually unobtainable. Awdelay's was the first attempt in English to describe "cant."

Alston IX, p. 46 mentions this edition; for the early editions see Alston IX, nos. 217-19. Chandler, Literature of Roguery, p. 88 comments on the accuracy of Awdelay's work, especially in its "knowledge of the orders actually established among rogues."


10.   BARCLAY, JAMES. A complete and universal English dictionary on a new plan: including not only I. a full explanation of difficult words and technical terms in all faculties and professions... but II. a pronouncing dictionary... III. the origin of each word... IV. the difference between words esteemed synonimous pointed out... London: Richardson & Urquhart, 1774. $850

First edition, thick 8vo, pp. [10], xxxii, xvii-xxvi, unpaginated lexicon in double column, [14]; 20th century half brown morocco over marbled boards, citron morocco label on spine; very good and sound. A number of pages have neat contemporary annotations - an informed ones at that - in ink in the margins.

The book went through many reprintings, serving "the lower orders for nearly a century, as a dictionary of useful information" (Wheatley).

Barclay was the first English lexicographer to introduce synonymy in a dictionary, basing himself firmly on the earlier work of John Trusler, English Synonyms or the Difference between Words Esteemed Synonymous in the English Language, first published in 1766. The first edition of Barclay's Dictionary is scarce; it was not reprinted again until 1782.

NUC locates only 4 copies, and the LC copy is defective; OCLC finds 11. Alston V, 284.


With 20 hand-colored maps

11.   BARCLAY, JAMES, Rev. A complete and universal dictionary of the English language comprehending the explanation, pronunciation, origin & synonymies of each word ... with a variety of other useful information. Bungay: Brightly & Childs, 1812.   $675

First Bungay edition, 4to, engraved title-p. (verso blank) + [v]-xxxiii, [3], 928; 20 engraved hand-colored maps (4 folding), 26 engraved plates; full contemporary calf scuffed and rubbed, but sound; good copy.

Includes a number of miscellaneous articles, including those on the origin of alphabets, by the Abbot Anselm; a short essay on the origin and antiquity of the English tongue; an English grammar; and, sections on the constitution, government and trade of England.

Vancil, p. 18.


Robert Nares’ copy


12.   [BARET, JOHN.] An alvearie or quadruple dictionarie, containing foure sundrie tongues: namelie, English, Latine, Greeke, and French. Newly enriched with a varietie of wordes, phrases, proverbs, and divers lightsome observations of grammar... [Londini: Henricus Denhamus, 1580.]  $7,500

Folio, woodcut title, A1 and 4T6 (first and final blanks) not preserved, collation otherwise complete; printed in black and roman letter, 25 woodcut initials (mostly 14-line), double ruled columns; occasional spots and stains throughout, woodcut title neatly laid down, A3 reinforced in fore-margin, A8 ("A brief Instruction of Arythmeticke" signed in the text Abraham Fleming) also reinforced in fore-margin and gutter, a number of early ownerships signatures and flourishes; otherwise, a very good, sound copy in full 17th century dark tooled paneled calf, neatly rebacked.

The philologist Robert Nares' copy, inscribed by him on the verso of the title page "R. Nares - the gift of Rev. Henry White of Litchfield, 1800."

The first edition of 1573 omitted the Greek language and the title read "triple dictionarie"; also omitted were the proverbs, here taken primarily from Erasmus's Adagia. The entry words are in English, and are generally followed by an English definition or usage, Latin equivalents and citations, and Greek and French equivalents; at the back are indexes of the Latin and French words, cross-referenced in the margins of the lexicon proper.

The Alveraie, a work conceived in the classroom by the schoolmaster, Baret, and his young pupils, and compiled initially with their help, was a work derived from earlier lexicographers, including Cooper, Elyot, Robert Estienne, Calepinus, and Huloet. Baret was in the process of revising the text for a second edition when he died in 1578. This second edition was seen through the press by Abraham Fleming (see DNB).

Included are brief essays or preambles to each letter of the alphabet which are drawn from a wide range of sources and specifically address reform in English orthography. "The Alvearie shows perhaps more than other dictionary of the 16th century the impact of French lexicography on English, and, indirectly, on the English language. Baret is ... the only English lexicographer in this period to give noteworthy attention to etymology of the vernacular" (see Starnes, Renaissance Dictionaries, all of chap. XIV). TC 1411.


With 23 engraved plates

13.   BARLOW, FREDERICK, Rev. The complete English dictionary: or, general repository of the English language. Containing … the words … the true pronunciation … and … the lives of the English poets … to which will be prefixed a complete English grammar. London: printed for the author, n.d., 1772-73]. $1,500

First and only edition, 8vo, pp. [4], xv, [1], plus unpaginated lexicon in double column; [2], unpaginated lexicon in double column, verso of last leaf of lexicon with ads, [4] subscriber's list; engraved frontispiece and 23 engraved plates; handsome 20th century quarter tan calf, old red morocco labels preserved on spine; 3E1 to 3F1 in vol. II plus the engraved plate of the stove (!) scorched at the top corner (letterpress not affected); nice copy.

Contains biographical sketches and a number of encyclopedic entries. The Lives of the Poets (included in the lexicon proper) are not insubstantial. The plates are mostly of a scientific nature (Smeaton's air-pump, azimuth compass, new type of beehive, etc.) and the one showing electrical apparatus includes a likeness of Franklin.

Alston V, 282 notes that this dictionary was originally issued in 24 numbers. Kennedy 6274.


14.   BARRERE, ALBERT. Argot and slang a new French and English dictionary of the cant words, quaint expressions, slang terms and flash phrases used in the high and low life of old and new Paris... London: privately printed at the Chiswick Press, by C. Whittingham and Co., 1887. $425

First edition, square 8vo, pp. lxxxiv, 495, [1]; engraved frontispiece by Godefroy Durand; text in double column; original morocco-backed brown cloth boards, t.e.g.; spine a little sunned, else a near fine copy, from the library of Michael Sadlier, with a note to that effect on the flyleaf regarding his sale at Sotheby's in 1958.

Copy no. 15, signed by Barrere, and printed in a small but unspecified edition at The Chiswick Press. Entries in French with English equivalents. The frontal matter is extensive, with a list of authorities consulted, historical introduction, canting samples from the 15th to the 19th century, and the long "Autobiography of a Thief in Thieves' Language." The book was reprinted in 1907.


15.   BARTLETT, JOHN RUSSELL. Dictionary of Americanisms. A glossary of words and phrases usually regarded as peculiar to the United States. Boston: Little, Brown , 1860.    $150

Third (actually a reprint of the second) edition, "greatly improved and enlarged," 8vo, pp. 4 (ads tipped in at front endpaper), xxxii, 524; binding a little faded, else a very good copy in original brown green cloth. First published in New York in 1848, it remains a classic study of American English. The last edition was published in 1877, and it is still useful and entertaining today.

Kennedy 11397: Vancil, p. 21.


16.   [BINDING.] Church of England. The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. Oxford: printed at the Theatre for Moses Pitt [and] Thomas Guy [et al.], [1680?]      $2,500

Small folio, pp. [542], collating π1,A1-3X4,3Y²; engraved title-p., pages ruled in red throughout; sectional title for A Form of Prayer...; contemporary full red goatskin, elaborate all-over gilt design within a gilt floral border, and a large central lozenge with clover leaves and floral ornaments, with a laurel surround incorporating grapes and tulips, gilt-decorated spine in 7 compartments, a.e.g., marbled endpapers; neatly rebacked with the old spine laid down, the endpapers likely of the 18th century; the whole a little rubbed and worn, but generally good and sound, or better. Both covers, interestingly enough, show the original scoring by the binder, in quarters, used to position the various tools.

A large and interesting Restoration binding in the style of the Queen's Binders.

Wing B-3659C; ESTC locates only 4 copies of this edition, and only the Huntington copy in the U.S.


17.   [BINDING.] Missale Romanum ex decreto sacrosancti concilii tridentini restitutum. Romae: Joachim et Michael Puccinelli fratres, 1709.   $1,250

Folio, pp. xxxvvi, 450, cii; engraved title-p. printed in red and black, 4 full-p. engraved copper engravings; text and music printed in red and black throughout, woodcut initials and ornaments; perhaps a dozen old, small repairs in the fore-margins of 2A6-2B6; 18th century full brown morocco elaborate all-over gilt design within a floral border, elaborate gilt lozenge central incorporating what seems to be a Bishop's or Cardinal's arms, with a gilt and darker brown morocco inlay surround with laurel bows, tulips, and fleurons; rebacked in the 19th century to match (but the tools are different), old spine laid down.


18.   BLOUNT, THOMAS. Glossographia: or a dictionary, interpreting all such hard words ... as are now used in our refined English tongue... London: Tho. Newcomb, 1656.     $2,850

First edition, 8vo, 8 preliminary leaves plus unpaginated lexicon in double column, columns within ruled borders, an occasional heraldic illustration in the text; 19th century diced russia, handsome gilt borders with fleurons in the corners, sympathetically rebacked in calf, gilt decorated spine, red morocco label; top margin occasionally trimmed close, but generally a nice copy.

Among the most famous of the 17th century dictionaries, which appeared in five editions between 1656 and 1681. "Blount is the first lexicographer of an English dictionary to attempt an etymology of words and deserves credit for having introduced the principle into the English dictionary; he is also the first English lexicographer to cite authorities consulted" (see Starnes & Noyes, chap. V).

Alston V, 45; Wing B-3334; Kennedy 6172.


19.   BLOUNT, T[HOMAS]. Glossographia; or a dictionary of hard words of whatever language, now used in our refined English tongue; with etymologies, definitions, and historical observations on the same. Also the terms of divinity, law, physick, musick, mathematics, war, heraldry, and other arts and sciences explicated…. London: printed by Thomas Newcomb, and to be sold by Robert Boulter, 1674.    $1,850

Fourth edition "with many additions," 8vo, pp. [16], 706, [1]; text in double column; a very good, sound copy in contemporary paneled calf, red sprinkled edges; neatly rebacked to match, new red morocco label on spine.

First published in 1656, this work, which brought Blount nothing but his own satisfaction, was revised and enlarged by William Nelson in 1717 and adopted by Edward Philips in his New World of English Words published a year later.

Wing B-3337; Alston V, 51.


20.   BLOUNT, THOMAS. [Title in Greek.] A law-dictionary. Interpreting such difficult and obscure words and terms, as are found either in our common or statute, ancient or modern lawes ... and etymologies, where they properly occur. In the Savoy: Tho. Newcomb, for John Martin, 1670.     $950

First edition, 6 preliminary leaves and unpaginated lexicon in double column, entry words in black letter, columns ruled; early ownership signature on flyleaf and title of John Brandroth; full contemporary calf rebacked, red morocco label on spine; a good, sound copy.

A second edition appeared in 1691 and it was subsequently appropriated by Edward Phillips. Blount (1618-1679), a barrister of the Inner Temple and a Roman Catholic, also published the Glossographia (1656, et al. – see above), Fragmenta Antiquitatis (1679) and the Academie of Eloquence (1654). In 1667 he edited John Rastell's Terms of the Law (Les Termes de la Lay), a respected bilingual legal dictionary, which undoubtedly served as a stepping stone to the compilation of his own legal lexicon three years later (see Starnes & Noyes).


21.   [BOOKBINDING.] Diehl, Edith. Bookbinding: its background and technique. New York: Rinehart & Co., 1946.   $150

First edition, 8vo, 2 vols., pp. xxi, [1], 251, [4]; vi, 406; 91 plates at the back of vol. I; orig. black cloth; generally fine in the original publisher's slipcase. A standard and highly respected work on the subject.


22.   BOSWELL, JAMES. An account of Corsica, the journal of a tour to that island, and memoirs of Pascal Paoli. Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly, London, 1768.     $1,250

First edition, complete with what Rosenbach calls "the very rare half-title." 8vo, pp. xxi, [3], 382; E2 and Z3 are cancels, as usual; engraved vignette title-p., folding engraved map in its earliest state, without the scale of miles nor the division of the margins into degrees; very good, sound, and unrestored in contemporary full calf, the joints barely starting, bookplate upside down on rear pastedown.

Boswell's trip to Corsica to seek out and meet the liberator, Pasquale di Paoli.

Gaskell, Foulis, 473; Pottle 24; Rothschild 442.


23.   BOSWELL, JAMES. The journal of a tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson … containing some poetical pieces by Dr. Johnson relative to the tour and never before published; a series of his conversation, literary anecdotes, and opinions of men and books…. London: printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1785.    $1,250

First edition, 8vo, pp. vii, [1], 524, [1]; E3, E4 and M4 are cancels, as usual; leaves I5, Q7 and U6 are in Pottle's second state; beneath the list of errata at the end is a notice for Boswell's Life of Johnson ("preparing for the press"), which did not appear for another 6 years; contemporary mottled calf neatly rebacked in tan calf, gilt-paneled spine, red morocco label; a very good, sound copy.

"Though the Life is a vaster and richer piece of work, no one will maintain that it displays Boswell's unique gift for biography better than the Tour. Indeed, most lovers of Boswell will agree that the Tour as a whole, is more consistently good than the Life; that is, that nowhere in the Life could one find so many consecutive first-class pages as those that compose this book" (Pottle). The book published is almost the same as the actual journal that was kept in 1773. When Johnson's death made it possible for Boswell to publish the manuscript, he only added an introduction and a conclusion before giving it to the printer.

Pottle 57; Rothschild 456.


24.   BOSWORTH, JOSEPH, Rev. The elements of Anglo-Saxon grammar, with copious notes, illustrating the structure of the Saxon and the formation of the English language... London: Hardin, Mavor, and Lepard, 1823.    $675

First edition of "the earliest work of its kind in the English language," 8vo, pp. [4], xlvii, [1], 332; engraved facsimile frontispiece slightly offset onto title-page, else a very good, handsome copy in 20th century half brown calf over marbled boards, red morocco label on spine.

"Although this grammar showed no more scientific knowledge of the structure of the language than did the works of Hickes and Lye, from which it was compiled, it rendered important service in awakening amongst Englishmen an interest in their earliest form of their native tongue." (DNB).


25.   BOSWORTH, JOSEPH, Rev. A compendious Anglo-Saxon and English dictionary. London: John Russell Smith, 1848.    $500

Tall 8vo, pp. [2], 278; lexicon in triple column; near fine copy in a full tree calf binding by Riviere, gilt-decorated spine, red and green morocco labels, marbled edges.

An abridged, but useful edition of an important work. See Petherham, An Historical Sketch...of Anglo-Saxon Literature, London, 1840, who devotes a large part of the last chapter to the first edition of 1838.


26.   BOURNE, GEORGE M., Dr. The home doctor: a guide to health. San Francisco: San Francisco News Co. [E. Bosqui & Co., printers and bookbinders], 1878. $450

12mo, pp. xx, 505, [1]; wood-engraved frontispiece portrait and a number of small wood engravings in the text; fine and bright in original brown pebble-grain cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, marbled page edges. Apparently, there was a small (6 copies) remainder of this title.

Dr. Bourne's water cure was available in San Francisco during the Gold Rush from late 1850 to 1869 with one establishment being at 629 Market St. which had 29 electro-chemical baths in 1862. Bourne sold the business in 1869 and moved to Lake Tahoe to open a new facility at Cornelian Bay which promoted rarified, pure mountain air, and hot and cold mineral springs as an answer to healthful living. (Dr. Bourne actually tried to change the name of Lake Tahoe to Lake Sanitoria.) By 1876 the Cornelian Bay Hotel was a regular stop for the steamer Governor Stanford, and excursionists combed the shoreline for carnelian stones and many opted to take Dr. Bourne's water cure, many different treatments of which are discussed in this book.

Not in Cordasco.


27.   BREREWOOD, EDWARD. Enquiries touching the diversity of languages, and religions through the chief parts of the world. London: John Bill, 1614.      $1,500

First edition of "the earliest book to suggest the now accepted theory of the Asiatic origin of the American aborigine," small 4to, pp. [24], 198; later divinity calf neatly rebacked, brown morocco label on spine; a little wear at the edges but generally a very good copy.

Alston III, 761; STC 3618; Rosenbach 32:63: "One of the earliest books on etymology. Brerewood mentions America several times, describing at length the condition of Christianity there..."

Sabin 7732: "The author devotes a portion of the work to the first peopling of America, claiming the Tartars as their forefathers..."

Brerewood (?1565-1613) was the first professor of astronomy at Gersham College. The book had no small impact, as it went through four editions in England (the last was 1674), four more in France, and in Germany there were at least two other editions translated into Latin.


28.   [BRICE, ANDREW.] An Exmoor scolding; in the propriety and decency of Exmoor language, between two sisters, Wilmot Moreman & Thomasin Moreman, as they were spinning. Also, an Exmoor courtship... Exon [i.e. Exeter]: A. Brice and B. Thorn, 1771.    $450

Seventh edition, "wherein are now first added such marginal notes, and a vocabulary or glossary, at the end, as seems necessary for explaining uncouth expressions, and interpreting barbarous words and phrases." Slim 8vo, pp. [2],iv, 3-60; original drab paper-covered boards, neatly rebacked; title page a little foxed, else very good and sound.

Sometimes also attributed to Benjamin Bowring and William Hole. The editor was Andrew Brice.

The glossary is of some importance; it is the best early source for meaning (and occasionally etymology) of the Devonshire dialect, of which An Exmoor Scolding "is a genuine specimen thereof" (see DNB). Alston notes that the work was first published in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1746, but no edition prior to the seventh contained the glossary.

Alston IX, 36 locates 5 copies, and only that at the Newberry in the U.S. ESTC adds Columbia, Boston Public, and San Antonio College.


Unrecorded


29.   [BROADSHEET, Minnesota.] Cheap railroad lands of Minnesota and South Dakota. The great wheat, corn, and cattle country... Fond du Lac, Wis.: P. B. Haber Printing House, n.d., ca. 1880s.      $950

Large broadsheet, printed in metal and wooden type in red and black on 2 sides, approx. 24" x 9", offering "over a half million acres of grand forests" and "large quantities of cleared land." One side of the broadsheet offers lands in Wisconsin and Michigan, and the other Minnesota and South Dakota. All the offerings are for land owned by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. Apparently unrecorded.


30.   BROCKETT, JOHN TROTTER. A glossary of north country words in use. From an original manuscript, in the library of John George Lambton ... with considerable additions. Newcastle upon Tyne: T. and J. Hodgson, for E. Charnley, 1825.  $500

First edition, 12mo, pp. xxxvi, 243, [1]; engraved dedication-p. dated Dec. 31, 1824; contemporary full calf, rebacked; spine a bit rubbed, corners peeling; good and sound.

Only 632 copies were printed (32 on large paper). Among the subscribers were Sir Walter Scott (3 copies), Robert Southey, Lord Cornwallis, the Scottish lexicographer John Jamieson, William Pickering (4 copies), and Thomas Frognall Dibdin. A second edition was called for by 1829.

Vancil, p. 34.


The second dictionary of English

31.   [BULLOKAR, JOHN.] An English expositor; or compleat dictionary teaching the interpretation of the hardest words, and the most useful terms of art, used in our language ... now the seventh time revised, corrected and very much augmented ... By a lover of the arts. London: printed by John Hayes [for] H. Sawbridge, 1684.     SOLD

12mo, collating [A1]-[M12] (the last leaf genuine blank), text in double column; one central signature extended, else a very good, sound copy in full contemporary sheep. The final blank contains 97 unusual marks of cypher in a contemporary hand.

See Starnes & Noyes, The English Dictionary from Cawdrey to Johnson, who devote the whole of chapter III to Bullokar's work, first published in 1616, the earliest obtainable dictionary of English, preceeded only by Cawdrey's very rare A table alphabetical (1604, etc.): "It was with the significant revision in 1663, by 'A Lover of the Arts,' that the real vogue of the Expositor began. Thereafter it was printed at least eleven times by 1731, the date of the last edition... The word list of the earlier Bullokar is greatly augmented; and two large new sections, the Index and the Nomenclator, are added. These new features owe their inception and much of their actual content, to a rival publication, The English Dictionarie, compiled by Henry Cockeram, and first published in 1623." The first of these, the Index Anglico-Latinus, is significant as it lays out in alphabetical form English (i.e. Old English) words with equivalents in "the more scholastick, or those derived from other (i.e. French and Latin) languages."

Kennedy 6188; Alston V, 15; Vancil, p. 38; Wing B-5434.


32.   CAMDEN, WILLIAM. Remaines concerning Britain: their languages, names, surnames, allusions, anagrammes ... wise speeches, proverbs, poesies, epitaphs... The sixth impression, with many rare antiquities never before imprinted. By the industry and care of John Philipot ... and W.D., gent. London: printed for Simon Waterson and Robert Clavell, 1657.    $750

Sixth edition, small 4to, pp. [6], 331 (i.e. 441), [1]; engraved frontispiece portrait of Camden in a fine, unrestored state; engraved Hopetoun bookplate; contemporary full sheep, label perished (now in blind on spine); top of spine a little chipped, extremities a bit rubbed, clean tear midway in title page, but still a good, sound copy, or better.

Edited by John Philipot (1589?-1645), the herald and antiquary. The anonymous co-editor "W.D." is possibly William Dugdale, the greatest historical researcher of his age. A seventh edition, which Lowndes terms "the best" followed in 1674, also with the initials W.D. as co-editor, but it appears to be a straight reprint of the present.

Wing C-374a.


An attack on Samuel Johnson

33.   CAMPBELL, ARCHIBALD. Lexiphanes, a dialogue imitated from Lucian, and suited to the present times. Being an attempt to restore the English tongue to its ancient purity, and to correct, as well as expose the affected style, hard words, and absurd phraseology of our English Lexiphanes, The Rambler. London: printed for J. Knox, 1767.     $750

First edition,12mo, pp. xxxix, [1], 180; later full polished tan calf by Ramage, red and black morocco labels on gilt-decorated spine, yellow edges; upper joint cracked, extremities rubbed; a good copy, or better.

A popular attack on the diction of Samuel Johnson which went through several editions. Campbell was a classical scholar turned ship's purser who found himself at sea with no English book to read save Johnson's The Rambler. Said Boswell in his Life of Johnson: "This year was published a ridicule of his style, under the title of Lexiphanes ... Its author was one Campbell, a Scotch purser in the navy. The ridicule consisted of applying Johnson's 'words of large meaning' to insignificant matters, as if one should put the armor of Goliath upon a dwarf. The contrast might be laughable; but the dignity of the armor must remain the same in all considerate minds. This malicious drollery, therefore, it may easily be supposed, could do no harm to its illustrious object."

Courtney, p. 27; Tinker 1395.


An interesting piece of Americana – with a dictionary of cant

34.   CAREW, BAMPFYLDE-MOORE. The life and adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly call the king of the beggars: being an impartial account of his life, from his leaving Tiverton School at the age of fifteen, and entering into a society of Gipsies … with his travels twice through a great part of America: giving a particular account of the origin, government, laws and customs of the Gipsies; with the method of electing their King; and a dictionary of the cant language, used by the mendicants. London: Thomas Martin, 1788.     $525

12mo, pp. [2], 203; engraved portrait frontispiece of Carew; full contemporary sheep, red morocco label; small, scallop-size chip from the fore-margin of the title page, prelims a little foxed, else a very good, sound copy.

An interesting piece of Americana, first published in 1745. "For misdemeanors in his native England this inveterate rogue was transported to Maryland, escaped and operated confidence games among colonial suckers from Virginia to Connecticut, - the memorable first of a long line of such artists who have continued to flourish in this climate" (Howes C132).

Sabin 27615, quoting Stephens: "Banished to Maryland, he gives an amusing account of the country, and his adventures in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, till he embarked at New London for England. His accounts of how he bamboozled and bled Whitfield, Thos. Penn, Gov. Thomas and many others of good repute, are amazing, true or not."

Black, Gypsy Bibliography 739.


35.   CAREW, BAMPFYLDE-MOORE. The life and adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly calle the king of the beggars ... also the variety of shapes and characters he assumed... Bath: printed and sold by J. Browne and also: by Crosby and Letterman, London, 1802.      $475

Another edition of the above; 12mo, pp. 124; engraved frontispiece portrait, the dictionary of cant occupying 8pp. at the back; full contemporary sheep, the whole rubbed and worn, but sound.

An interesting piece of Americana, first published in 1745. "For misdemeanors in his native England this inveterate rogue was transported to Maryland, escaped and operated confidence games among colonial suckers from Virginia to Connecticut, - the memorable first of a long line of such artists who have continued to flourish in this climate" (see Howes C-132).

Black, Gypsy Bibliography, 747; not in Vancil; Sabin 27615.


The last of the black letter editions


36.   CHAUCER, GEOFFREY. The works of our ancient, learned & excellent English poet … as they have been compare'd with the best manuscripts … to which is adjoyn'd, The Story of the Siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate, Monk of Bury. Together with a life of Chaucer… [Edited by Thomas Speght]. London: Adam Islip, 1687.  $3,750

Eighth edition, folio, pp. 360, collating as in Pforzheimer but with d1 and c2-c4 bound out of order (text reads sequentially); black letter; copperplate "progenie" frontispiece incorporating a portrait of the author, woodcut arms; cancel slip pasted in at bottom of G1 verso; 6 of the preliminary leaves show neat, old, short tape repairs on versos at the top, else a very good, sound copy in early 20th century full calf, red morocco label on spine.

Third and last of the Speght editions, and the last of the black letter editions. Includes a 24-p. triple-column glossary at the back of "The Old and Obscure Words in Chaucer Explained."

"Except for the then recently discovered conclusions of the Cook's and Squire's Tales, verso [4S2], [this is] a reprint of the 1602 edition, without any additions" (Pforzheimer 179). Wing C-3736.


37.   [CHINA.] Abel, Clarke, MD. Narrative of a journey in the interior of China, and of a voyage to and from that country in the years 1816 and 1817; containing an account of the most interesting transactions of Lord Amherst's Embasy to the Court of Pekin, and observations on the countries which it visited... London: Longman, Hurst, Rees [et al.], 1819.      $2,500

Second edition, 4to, pp. xvi, 420; errata slip tipped in at p. [v]; 4 engraved maps (3 folding); 18 engraved plates (8 of them handcolored aquatints); contemporary half calf over marbled boards, neatly rebacked to match, gilt spine, black morocco label. Abbey, Travel, calls for 6 black & white botanical plates, but only 5 are present here. Such is the case in about half of the entries examined (in the auction records and on line) and the last copy we offered also had the same plate missing. Obviously it was not issued in all copies. Answers anyone? Tooley, 1; Abbey, Travel, 537.


38.   CHRISTIE, AGATHA. The murder of Roger Ackroyd. London: W. Collins Sons & Co., [1926].      $575

First edition, p. viii, 312; original blue cloth lettered in red on upper cover and spine; covers a little spotted; almost very good, and contained in a green cloth clamshell box, morocco label on spine.

One of her "best known and most controversial novels, its innovative twist ending having a significant impact on the genre. The short biography of Christie which is included in the present UK printings of all of her books states that this novel is her masterpiece. Howard Haycraft, in his seminal 1941 work, Murder for Pleasure, included the novel in his "cornerstones" list of the most influential crime novels ever written" (Wikipedia).


39.   COLES, E[LISHA]. An English dictionary, explaining the difficult terms… Together with the etymological derivation…. London: Peter Parker, 1692.   $650

Fifth edition, 8vo, 4 p.l. plus unpaginated text in triple column; contemporary blind-ruled speckled calf neatly rebacked to match; some general rubbing and wear, but in all a good, sound copy.

The first edition appeared in 1676 and nearly a dozen editions kept this book in print well into the 18th century. Wing C5075; Alston V, 68; Vancil, p. 55.


40.   [COMMONPLACE BOOK.] May, Mary-Ann. Commonplace book of Mary-Ann May.n.p., n.d. [mid 19th century].    $125

4to, pp. [132], almost all of them accomplished in either pen or pencil, one with a watercolor of doves within a bouquet of flowers; contains poems, prose, letters, extracts, etc., from Cowper, Carew, Stillingfleet, Pliny, Byron, Burns, Edmund Burke, and many others unsigned, which may be original compositions. Also, with a "Family Register," listing the death of family members, including Mary-Ann May herself, May 12, 1876; original red roan-backed marbled boards, the leather label lettered in gilt on upper cover reads: "Mary-Ann May." Some entries dated as early as the 1820s, and the last in the 1870s. Generally very good.


41.   [CRIMEA.] Russell, correspondent of the London Times. Complete history of the Russian War, from its commencement to its close: a graphic picture of the great drama of war ... embracing a superb map of the seat of war, and a magnificent engraving of the bombardment and the fall of Sebastopol... New York: J. G. Wells; New Haven: H. Mansfield, 1856.     $125

First edition, 8vo, pp. ix, [1], [13]-181, [5] dictionary of military terms, [4] ads; inserted wood-engraved half-title page, color lithograph frontispiece, hand-colored folding map with old tape repairs at the folds, 15 wood-engraved portraits and views printed on pink paper (1 double-p.) and a large folding wood-engraved panorama of the bombardment of Sebastopol; joints and spine ends reinforced with library tape, otherwise a good copy in original brown cloth, pictorial gilt spine.


42.   DICTIONARIUM RUSTICUM, urbanicum, & botanicum: or a dictionary of husbandry, gardening, trade, commerce, and all sorts of country-affairs ... illustrated with a great number of wooden and copper cuts. The second edition, revised, corrected and improv'd; with the addition of above a thousand articles. London: T. Nicholson [et al.], 1717.     $1,750

8vo, pp. [16] and unpaginated lexicon printed in double column; collating A1-2I8, 3A1-4C8; full contemporary paneled calf slightly rubbed; rebacked with old spine neatly laid down, 19th century morocco label on spine. Very good copy.

Includes a five-page list of books used in the compiling, 2 engraved plates (1 folding), and a number of woodcut illustrations in the text (some as large as half a page). Four editions of this work were printed, the first in 1704, and editions subsequent to this in 1726 and 1765. It is variously attributed to Nathaniel Bailey and John Worlidge. Alston assumes the latter. Revisions and enlargements by various editors appeared throughout the 18th century.

Alston XVII, 412; Hunt 439; Westwood & Satchell 79.


43.   DYCHE, THOMAS & William Pardon. A new general English dictionary...the ninth edition, with the addition of several market towns... London: printed for C. Ware, 1758.     $425

8vo, [16] & unpaginated lexicon in double column; 20th century half brown polished calf over marbled boards; title page a little soiled, else good and sound, or better.

The dictionary was begun by Dyche, a schoolmaster, who had two previous books to his credit, A Guide to the English Tongue (1709; 48th ed. by 1774); and, A Dictionary of all the Words commonly us'd in the English Tongue (1723), both of which stressed spelling and pronunciation, but gave no definitions. Of William Pardon little is known. The New General English Dictionary is, however, "so different in character from the earlier Dyche works that we are naturally tempted to visit its eccentricities on the unknown Pardon" (see Starnes & Noyes, chapt. XVII). This work incorporated the names and descriptions of hundreds of English and Welsh towns, with their market-days, government, manufactures, distances from London, etc. It was partially due to this gazetteer-like entry that the work remained popular with the public.

Because this dictionary stressed departments not found in Bailey, Dyche & Pardon were able to grab a small, loyal share of the growing dictionary market. Their dictionary, aimed at a less educated class than Bailey, stressed proper accentuation and pronunciation (it was the first of many dictionaries to stress pronunciation); and, anticipating Webster, suggested several improvements in spelling which were subsequently adopted ("physick" to "physic," for example). Etymology is omitted.

Alston V, 153.


44.   DYER, GILBERT. Vulgar errors ancient and modern, attributed as imports to the proper names of the globe ... Investigating the origin and uses of letters - Moses's hitherto misunderstood account of Eden - Biblical long-lost names - unknown names of heathen gods, of nations, provinces, towns, &c. with a critical disquisition of every station of Richard of Cirencester and Antoninus in Britain ... to which is added Richard's original work. Exeter: G. Dyer [for] Longman [et al.], 1816.     $225

First edition, 8vo, pp. [4], lxxxv*, [1] errata, lxxvi, [2] blank, [2], 230, [2] blank, [25]; sectional title dated 1814 for Principles of Atheism and Deism proved to be unfounded; later quarter maroon niger morocco over red cloth-covered boards, gilt lettered direct on spine; fine.

Dyer (1743-1820) was an Exeter antiquary and bookseller and "was the leading tradesman of that class in the west of England. His catalogues are still held in high value ... and he is said to have been the owner of a circulating library, the choicest and perhaps most extensive of any in the whole kingdom except the metropolis" (DNB).


God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son’

45.   [DYLAN, BOB.] Polk's Hibbing (St. Louis County, Minn.) city directory 1954. St. Paul: R.L. Polk & Co., 1954.  $250

8vo, pp. [5]-320; partially printed on pink or yellow paper; ads on front free endpaper and pastedowns; very good, sound copy in original printed boards backed in red cloth, ads on covers and spine. Contains a listing for Abe H. and Beatrice Zimmerman, 2425 7th Ave. E., as well as a listing for Micka Electric (the Zimmerman family business). Includes a brief history of Hibbing and its iron ore mining, and a note on Hibbing being the birthplace of the bus industry. Dylan would have been 13 years old at the time of publication.


Presentation copy

46.   ELSTOB, ELIZABETH. An English-Saxon homily on the birth-day of St. Gregory: anciently used in the English-Saxon church, giving an account of the conversion of the English from paganism to christianity. Translated into modern English, with notes, &c. London: printed by W. Bowyer, 1709.  $3,500

First edition of the author's first book, 8vo, pp. [10], lx, [2], 44, [4], 11, [3], 49, [6] subscriber lists; engraved frontispiece and vignette title, 4 engraved headpieces and 5 initials, all by Simon Gribelin; later full polished tan calf, gilt-ruled border, black morocco label on gilt-paneled spine, a.e.g.; a very good copy of a scarce book.

With an inscription at the top of the title page in a contemporary hand, "Given me by ye author," a contemporary ownership inscription on the flyleaf of "Rec. Coll. Di. Joh. Bapt.", and the subsequent bookplate of John Trotter Brockett (1788-1842, British attorney, antiquarian, numismatist, philologist, and the author in 1882 of Glossographia Anglicana - see DNB) for whom the book was likely bound.

The list of a little more than 200 subscribers includes George Hickes, Edward Thwaites, and Humphry Wanley.

This is Elstob's first book. She later composed the first Anglo-Saxon grammar in English. Includes a Latin translation of the homily by William Elstob, and "An appendix, containing several epistles of St. Gregory, and notes in Latin and English," and the text proper in double column with Old and modern English side by side. Reprinted by Pickering in 1839, omitting "several parts relating to the doctrines of the Anglo-Saxon Church" (Lowndes, p. 734-5).


47.   [EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.] The Booke of Common Prayer, and administration of the sacraments. And other parts of divine service for the use of the Church of Scotland [Edited by William Laud.]Edinburgh: Robert Young, 1637.      $6,500

First Scottish edition of the Book of Common Prayer, folio, title-p. within woodcut border, preliminaries printed in red and black, woodcut initials and ornaments, collating [a1]-[b8] in 8s, A1-R6 in 8s, without the two suppressed leaves (R7-R8) of "Certaine Godly Prayers;

bound with, as issued: The Psalter, or Psalmes of David... Edinburgh: Robert Young, 1636, title-p. within woodut border, collating [aa1]-[kk6]; leaf 2h3 is in the first (of 4) settings per ESTC; 2k7-2k8 are cancelled, as usual, and 2k6v has catchword: 'Certaine.'

In this copy A4v, line 1, reads "Dominus"; C1r, last line, reads "ye may;" D1r, line 2, ends "Jeru-;" and E3v, line 5, reads "ex-" per STC.

Full 19th century burgundy morocco by William Brown, Edinburgh, with elaborate blind-tooled covers, gilt paneled spine in 8 compartments, gilt lettered in 2; old, neat repairs to the fore-margins of the first two leaves, and small neat repairs to the corners of the next 5 leaves; minor discoloration of the spine, title page slightly soiled, but in all a very good copy in a handsome binding, with the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir Alexander Keith (d. 1819 - see DNB).

"In the 1630s events in the Scottish Church moved towards crisis. In 1633, using an elaborate English form of ritual, Charles was crowned at Edinburgh. Three years later, new ecclesiastical canons were drawn up for the kingdom. They enforced church furnishings of the English type, strengthened the powers of the bishops [and] excommunicated any person who challenged the King's supremacy in church matters. Matters came to a head in 1637 with the attempted introduction of a Scottish Book of Common Prayer ... drafted by Scottish bishops following the advice of Archibishop [William] Laud. It takes a higher view of church practice than its English counterpart [and] contains undertones of prayers for the dead and the Eucharistic sacrifice. Its attempted introduction at St. Giles’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, on July 16, 1637 ended in a riot, and the Scottish Council promptly suspended the book" (Aspects of the Western Religious Heritage, 25).

In due course, Charles overrode the Scottish Council, insisting on enforcement of the Scottish prayer book. His order began the chain of events that lead to his downfall and eventual execution, in February 1638.

STC 16606.


48.   ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS. De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarii duo, plerisque in locis aucti. Epistola ... as Iacobum Vuimphelingium Selestatinum. Strassburg: Johann Knoblouch, 1522.  $4,250

8vo, pp. [8], 112, [16] (the last leaf blank), with a fine historiated woodcut title-page border, recased, in contemporary blindstamped pigskin neatly rebacked, clasps not preserved, new cloth folding box.

A very rare edition of Erasmus' wide-spread treatise "The Double Supply of Words and Matter," designed to assist the young student in attaining an elegant and fluent style of writing, and to provide abundant examples of how to say the same thing in different ways. This work, completed at the request of Erasmus' friend, John Colet, head of St. Paul's School in London, became enormously popular and was reprinted many times since its first appearance in 1512.

"This work is more important than its elementary nature might indicate, for it provided a handbook not only for the intimation of the words of the ancients but for the absorption of their ideas as well" (J.E. Walsh). The present edition contains, besides the original dedication to John Colet and the preface addressed to the printer Matthias Schurer for the 1514 edition, the famous epistle to Jacob Wimpheling (1450-1528) in which Erasmus relates his previous journey to Basel and, mentioning all the humanists he had met there, extends thanks for the friendly welcome he had received in Strassburg.

OCLC locates 5 copies worldwide: Freiburg, Strassburg, Zurich, Rotterdam, and only Yale in the US.


48a. ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS. Twenty select colloquies, pleasantly representing several superstitious levities that were crept into the Church of Rome in his days. Made English by Roger L'Estrange. London: T. Newcomb for H. Brome, 1680.    $375

First edition, 8vo, pp. [6], 264; handsome engraved frontispiece portrait of Erasmus; 19th century half brown morocco over marbled boards by Fazakerley, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine; old mss. inscription on title page removed, a 24-line poem on Erasmus in an early hand is penned on the first flyleaf, two 20th-century bookplates; a very good, sound copy.

Wing E-3210. 


49.   ESTIENNE, CHARLES. Dictionarium historicum, geographicum, poeticum ... Ad incudem vero revocatum, innumerisque pene locis auctum & emaculatum per Nicolaum Lloydium ... Editio novissima. London: for B. Tooke, T. Passenger, T. Sawbridge, A. Swalle & A. Churchill, 1686.      $950

First London edition (there were Oxford editions in 1670 and 1671) of Estienne's famed onomasticon of proper names, a work in great vogue from the time it was first published in Paris in 1553 (see Renouard, Estienne, p. 404) until the end of the 17th century; folio, pp. [10] and unpaginated lexicon in double column, [12]; recent quarter brown morocco, gilt lettering direct on spine; very good, sound copy.

Lowndes III, 2507; Wing E3349.


50.   EWING, JULIANA HORATIA. Six to sixteen. A story for girls ... With ten Illustrations by Mrs. W. Allingham. New edition. London: George Bell & Sons, 1886. $50

Small 4to, pp. 120; text in double column, wood-engraved frontispiece and 9 nearly full-p. wood engravings in the text; original green printed wrappers bound in red morocco-backed marbled boards, joints rubbed, spine darkened; very good.


Rare book on cypher

51.   F[ALCONER], J[OHN]. Rules for explaining and decyphering all manner of secret writing, plain and demonstrative. With exact methods for understanding intimations by signs, gestures, or speech: also an account of the secret ways of conveying written messages, discovered by Trithemius Schottus, Lord Fran. Bacon, Bishop Wilkins, &c., with exact tables and examples. London: Dan. Brown and Sam. Manship, 1692.      $3,500

First edition, 8vo, pp. [12], 180; contemporary full paneled calf, red morocco label on spine, sprinkled edges; a very good, sound copy. With an alphabet cancel strip on p. 21.

The work was greatly influenced by the work of Schott and Wilkins. While both Alston and Wing record this title separately, in fact, it appears to be a reissue of Falconer's Cryptomenesis patefacta (1685) without the dedication and the Address to the Reader.

Not a common book: 7 in OCLC (only Yale and Washington Univ. in the US, to which ESTC adds Library of Congress); Alston III, 788; Wing F-298.


Thief, tramp and trull

52.   FARMER, JOHN S. Musa pedestris. Three centuries of canting songs and slang rhymes [1536-1896]. Collected and annotated by... [London]: privately printed for subscribers only, 1896. $250

First and only edition printed in an unspecified edition of 650 copies, this 1/150 on large paper, small square 4to, pp. xv, [1], 251; original shelf-backed blue paper-covered boards, paper label on spine; near fine.

Songs, chants, and rhymes and rhymsters of the road, the canting crew in all its grades of hedge-priest, maunder, thief, tramp and trull, harlot, and gentlemen of the road.

"Farmer, in preparing his celebrated dictionary of slang ran across a number of canting songs, which he thought would make a useful volume by themselves. This collection ranges from the early songs found in Middleton, Copland, Dekker, Fletcher, and other early writers to the latest canting songs the compiler could find ... The Notes, p. 199-245, are of extreme value to the bibliographer ... This is the best anthology of this type to be had - when a copy can be found" (Burke, Literature of Slang, p. 82).


53.   FARMER, JOHN. The public school word-book: a contribution to a historical glossary of words, phrases and turns of expression, obsolete and in present use, peculiar to our great public schools, together with some that have been or are "modish" at the universities. London: privately issued for subscribers only by Hirschfeld Bros., 1900.      $300

First (and likely limited) edition, sq. 8vo, pp. viii, 243; contemporary three-quarter polished green calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered direct on spine, t.e.g.; spine browned, minor wear at the extremities, old small rubberstamp on title page with corresponding bookplate; all else very good.

A collection of "words, phrases, names, and allusions to customs as now are, or have been, peculiar to English public school life, "defined on historical principles."

Kennedy 12060; Burke, Slang, p. 130.


54.   FERRA, BARTOMEU. Chopin and George Sand in Majorca. Palma de Mallorca, 1961.  $45

12mo, pp. 82, [8]; folding panorama, 10 illustrations on rectos and versos of 5 plates; pictorial wrappers; covers lightly spotted, else near fine. Translated from the Spanish by R.D.F. Pring-Mill, and preceded by an extract from The Memoirs of Autore Sand.


55.   FLORIO, JOHN. Queen Anna's new world of words, or dictionarie of the Italian and English tongues, collected, and newly much augmented by John Florio … whereunto are added certaine necessarie rules and short observations for the Italian tongue. London: Melch. Bradwood, for Edw. Blount and William Barret, 1611.   $6,500

Folio, pp. [12], 617, [3] blank, [2], 617-690; engraved portrait of Florio by William Hole (here first printed), architectural woodcut title, woodcut initials and ornaments, separately printed title page for Necessarie Rules; title page shaved close at the top; 17th-century calf, rebacked, gilt lozenge central on both covers; quite a nice example.

First published in 1598 under the title A Worlde of Wordes, or Most Copious Dictionarie in Italian and English which contained about 46,000 entry words. Queen Anna's New World of Words (as here) was enlarged to folio, and contained nearly 28,000 more entries. Included is a list of nearly 250 works consulted. At the end is a short grammar of the Italian language (Necessarie Rules).

Alston XII-2, 113; STC 11099.


56.   FOLKARD, HENRY COLEMAN. The sailing boat. A treatise on sailing boats and small yachts, their varieties of type, sails, rig, &c. with practical instructions in sailing and management; also the one-design and restricted classes, fishing and shooting boats, sailing chariots and ice yachts, foreign and colonial boats, canoes, &c., &c. London: Edward Stanford, 1901.   $175

Sixth and best edition of the best book on the subject at the time, large 4to, pp. xix, [1], 555 plus leaf of ads; over 500 illus. throughout; top of spine with a thumbnail-size chip, one signature sprung, hinges cracked (as often for this book); original pictorial blue cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine, covers a little dull; a good copy.

First published in London in 1853 in octavo, the work quickly became known as the standard work on the subject.


Inscribed to his daughter

57.   FORD, FORD MADDOX. Provence from Minstrels to the Machine ... Illustrations by Biala. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1935.     $650

First edition, 8vo, pp. 371, [1]; color frontispiece and drawings in the text; a worn and stained copy, some fraying along the edges, short break in the cloth along the rear joint; a fair copy. Inscribed by Ford to his daughter: "For Julia Maddox Ford with all love from Ford Maddox Ford, 13 July, New York MCMXXXV."

Harvey A74a.


58.   GAZOPHYLACIUM ANGLICANUM: containing the derivation of English words, proper and common; each in an alphabet distinct; proving the Dutch and the Saxon to be the prime fountains ... Fitted to the capacity of the English reader, that may be curious to know the original of his mother tongue. London: by E. H. and W. H., 1689.  $1,500

First edition, sm. 8vo, contemporary calf, red morocco label on gilt-decorated spine; rehinged, modest rubbing and wear, but in all a good, sound copy, with the original blank leaf [A1].

Contains an Etymologicon Onomasticon; or an etymological explication of the proper names of men and women now commonly used, coming from the Hebrew, Greek and Latin. Also with an unsigned Preface and a Saxon alphabet.

Drawn primarily from the Etymologicon of Skinner, this useful and interesting little work has some statements in the Preface which reflect the then current attitudes towards various languages. The anonymous author deserves "more than passing mention" for his "attempt to find the original of the native English" and for his "emphasis on the Germanic element in the vocabulary" (Starnes & Noyes, chapt. 8).

Wing G426, Alston V, 75


59.   GLOSSOGRAPHIA ANGLICANA NOVA: or, a dictionary, interpreting such hard words of whatever language, as are at present used in the English tongue, with their etymologies, definitions, &c. London: printed for Dan. Brown [et al.], 1707.   $2,000

First edition, 8vo, [8] & unpaginated lexicon in double column; contemporary paneled calf, red morocco label on spine, sprinkled edges; imperceptibly rebacked, with original spine laid down; spine a little scuffed, else a very good, sound copy.

"The first English dictionary to make any considerable use of woodcuts; the next development in this respect does not appear until 1727, when Bailey in his Universal Etymological English Dictionary, Volume II, illustrates scientific as well as heraldic terms" (Starnes & Noyes, p. 94).

Often passed off as a later edition of Blount because of its similar title and design, this dictionary, while owing a debt to Blount, is in fact a new work by an anonymous author who placed an emphasis on science, which Starnes & Noyes call "the most formative and forward-looking feature" of it. In fact, pages [7-8] are proposals for printing Harris' Lexicon Technicum.

Alston V, 89.


60.   GRADUS AD CANTABRIGIAM; or, a dictionary of terms, academical and colloquial, or cant, which are used at the University of Cambridge.... London: W.J. and J. Richardson, 1803.      $1,250

Small 8vo, pp. [8], 139, [1]; mid 20th century calf-backed marbled boards; very good and sound. Alphabetically arranged throughout. Uncommon.


61.   GRANT, WILLIAM, & David D. Murison, eds. The Scottish national dictionary designed partly on regional lines and partly on historical principles, and containing all the Scottish words know to be in use or to have been in use since c. 1700. Edinburgh: Scottish National Dictionary Assn., 1941-76.    $1,000

First edition limited to 2000 copies, 11 volumes, including the final Supplement and Bibliography; large quartos, uniform blue buckram, gilt-lettered spines; a fine set. Bound in at the back of the last volume are 20 printed questionnaires used in compiling the dictionary, as well as 4 ephemeral notices to subscribers, and a mailing label addressed to a previous owner, Clarence Barnhart.

Produced from 1931 to 1976 and documenting the Modern (Lowland) Scots language. The original editor, William Grant, was the driving force behind the collection of Scots vocabulary. A wide range of sources were used by the editorial team in order to represent the full spectrum of Scottish vocabulary and cultural life.

Literary sources of words and phrases up to the mid-twentieth century were thoroughly investigated, as were historical records, both published and unpublished, of Parliament, Town Councils, Kirk Sessions and Presbyteries and Law Courts. More ephemeral sources such as domestic memoirs, household account books, diaries, letters and the like were also read for the dictionary, and a wide range of local and national newspapers and magazines, which often shed light on regional vocabulary and culture.


62.   GRAY, HENRY. Anatomy, descriptive and surgical ... The drawings by H. V. Carter, M.D. ... The dissections jointly by the author and Dr. Carter. Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859. $2,000

First American edition, 8vo, pp. xxxii,754, [2], 80 (Blanchard and Lea catalogue); 363 wood engravings throughout, plus dozens more in the publisher's catalogue; full original sheep, black morocco label on spine; spine rubbed and darked with small cracks starting at the top; minor peeling of the sheep at the extremities; in all a good, sound copy.

Garrison Morton 418


“Indelicacy & extreme vulgarity ... unfit for ordinary use”

63.   GROSE, FRANCIS. A classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue. London: printed for S. Hooper, 1785.     $1,850

First edition, 8vo, pp. [2], vii, [1], [204]; late 19th century quarter maroon pebble-grain morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine; very good, sound copy.

"Every entry bears the unmistakable imprint of the vivid accuracy and the jolly, jovial earthiness of the greatest antiquary, joker, and porter-drinker of his day, and one of the happiest wits of the 18th century [i.e. Francis Grose]. Nowhere more than in The Vulgar Tongue did he display his scholarship and industry … It was Grose who collected the scattered glossaries of cant and secret works, and formed one large work, adding to it all the vulgar terms and slang words used in his own day. The indelicacy and extreme vulgarity of the work renders it unfit for ordinary use, still it must be admitted that it is by far the most important work which has ever appeared on street or popular language; indeed, from its pages every succeeding work has drawn its contents [and] excepting the obscenities, it is really an extraordinary book" (Partridge, Slang, p. 76).

Alston IX, 324.


64.   GROSE, FRANCIS. A provincial glossary; with a collection of local proverbs, and popular superstitions. A new edition, corrected. London: Edward Jeffery, 1811.  $450

Large, thin 4to, pp. iv, [56], 57-124; full contemporary calf, neatly rebacked; prelims and terminals a little spotted, but generally very good and sound. Printed on J. Whatman watermark paper dated 1808.

The glossary occupies the first half of the text, the balance local proverbs. An octavo edition was published the same year. First published in 1787. Includes separate sections on superstitious cures, fairies, omens portending death, magicians, witches, ghosts, etc.

Vancil, p. 103; Kennedy 10635.


65.   GROSE, FRANCIS. Grose's classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue. Revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases ... by Pierce Egan. London: printed for the editor, 1823.   $650

First Egan edition, 8vo, woodcut portrait frontispiece of Grose, pp. [iii]-xl and unpaginated lexicon collating B-R3 in 8s; contemporary quarter red straight-grain morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered direct on smooth gilt-paneled spine; a very good copy of an important and entertaining edition.

Includes Prefaces to the first and second editions, and facsimile title-pp. to earlier works in the genre that Grose consulted. The first edition was published in 1785.

"Grose generally had a companion with him, and one of his favorites was his man, Batch, who appears to have been more of a friend than a servant. Batch and his master used frequently to start out at midnight from the King's Arms in Holborn search of adventures. The back slums of St. Giles were explored again and again, the Captain and his man mingling affably and good-naturedly with the beggars, cadgers and thieves, who at that time infested the 'Holy Land' - which is what the St. Giles district was called" (Aubrey Noakes).


66.   [NOBELS DE LITTERATURE.] La collection des Prix Nobel de Littérature ... édité sous le patronage de l'Académie Suédoise et La Fondation Nobel. Paris: Éditions Rombaldi, [1968-69].      $450

60 volumes, large 8vo, edition limited to 2580 copies, this is one of 2500 on velin de Lana; color illustrations throughout by various artists; fine set in original decorative red cloth stamped in gilt on upper covers and spines. A fine French edition of the Nobel Prize winners for Literature, including Rudyard Kipling, William Butler Yeats, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Mann, John Galsworthy, Eugene O'Neill, Pearl Buck, Faulkner, Camus, Steinbeck, Hemingway, etc., etc.


67.   HELOISE & ABELARD. Recueil de lettres galantes et amoureuses d'Heloise a Abailard, d'une religieuse portugaise au chevalier *** et celles de Cleante & de Belise & leur réponses avec L'histoire de la matrone d'Ephese. Amsterdam: Francois Roger, 1706.      $350

12mo, pp. [4], 428; contemporary full calf, gilt-decorated spine, red morocco label; joints cracked and peeling, edges worn; good and sound.

The "Lettres d'amour d'une religieuse portugaise" consists of the letters previously attributed to M. Alcoforado, and now ascribed to Guilleragues, preceded by the seven letters written in imitation of them, each letter except the last being followed by an answer./ The "Lettres galantes de Cleante et Belise" is by Anne Ferrand.

2 copies in OCLC, Texas A&M only in the US.


68.   HOLLOWAY, WILLIAM. General dictionary of provincialisms, written with a view to rescue from oblivion the fast fading relics of by-gone days. Lewes: Baxter and Son, 1838.  $350

First edition, 8vo, pp. xxiv, 194, [2] list of subscribers; neatly rebacked with old spine and printed paper label laid down, new endpapers; minor foxing, label a little chipped and worn, but generally a good, sound copy in original blue cloth-backed buff boards.

Preface includes a brief description of earlier works on provincialisms in England; introduction describes outstanding features of each county's dialect.

Kennedy 10643; Vancil, p. 112


Very nice copy in contemporary calf

69.   HORNE TOOKE, JOHN. Epea pteroenta. Or, the diversions of Purley. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1786.    $950

First edition, 8vo, pp. [8], 519, [1]; beautiful copy in contemporary mottled calf, gilt-paneled spine, red morocco label.

The second part of this work did not appear until 1805, when it was issued in quarto together with part I, which, because of the call of his subscribers, was republished in 1798.

Chapters include those on the division or distribution of languages, Locke's Essay on Human Understanding, etymology, various parts of speech and assorted philosophical topics. "As a philologist Horne Tooke deserves credit for seeing the necessity of studying Gothic and Anglo-Saxon, and learnt enough to be far in advance of Johnson in that direction ... His philology was meant to subserve a characteristic philosophy. Locke, he said, had made a happy mistake when he called his book an essay upon human understanding, instead of an essay upon grammar..." (DNB).

"Tooke was a political radical, his stance was ideological, and he drew heavily on French 18th century writings on language. It was clear even to his contemporaries that many of the etymologies were wrong, but in spite of these errors such important figures as Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, and William Hazlitt were still greatly impressed by Tooke's accomplishment and soundness of his system. There could be no doubt that Tooke's work remained the pivot of controversy through the middle of the nineteenth century" (Aarslef, p. vii).

Kennedy 353; Alston III, 854.


70.   [HOTTEN, JOHN CAMDEN.] A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words used at the present day … preceded by a history of cant and vulgar language from the time of Henry VIII; shewing its connection with the gipsey tongue; with glossaries of two secret languages … By a London Antiquary. London: John Camden Hotten, 1859.   $450

First edition of one of the most famous and important dictionaries of slang, small 8vo, pp. [4], x, lxxxvi, [2], 160; some dullness of the binding but generally a good, sound copy in original brown pebble-grain cloth, J.C.H. blindstamp monogram central on both covers, spine gilt.

"A pioneering work … His examples and his synonyms are genuinely illustrative and informative … the appendices on back, rhyming and centre slang constitute the first authoritative memoranda on these subjects, long remained easily the best, and are still of prime importance" (Partridge, Slang).


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