Second Edition. Very Good. Item #4926
London: S. Hooper, 1790. Second Edition, Corrected and Greatly Enlarged. Bookplate of author, language columnist, and speechwriter William Safire on front pastedown.
Octavo; viii, Glossary and Proverbs unpaginated, +57pp Superstitions and 2pp adverts. Speckled paper-covered boards with printed spine label. Boards are sturdy and square with some fingerprint smudges and toning to spine label. Offsetting from bookplate on front free endpaper. Pages clean, crisp, and unmarked, and without significant toning. Binding is tight.
Referred to by Safire as "the pioneer slanguist," Grose wrote two of the first significant dictionaries of common language: this Provincial Glossary, focusing on regional and colloquial words and phrases, and his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, which focused on slang, much of which Grose picked up from “soldiers on the long march, seamen at the capstern, ladies disposing of their fish, and the colloquies of a Gravesend boat.” William Safire would cite or refer to Grose numerous times in his own books and in his column "On Language," which ran in The New York Times Magazine for 30 years. This copy is from Safire's personal library, with his bookplate on front pastedown.