A Provincial Glossary [Scolar Press Facsimile]. Francis Grose.

A Provincial Glossary [Scolar Press Facsimile]

Very Good. Item #5347

Menston, Yorksire: The Scolar Press, 1968. Facsimile of the 1787 Edition. Octavo; [ii], [i]-viii, Glossary and Proverbs unpaginated, +75pp Superstitions and 3pp adverts. Red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and ornament. Covers bright, with very light shelfwear and a bit of fading to spine and a slight roll at head. Light waterspot on top page edges near spine, with no encroachment into pages themselves. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.

This copy from the personal library of author and language columnist William Safire. 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.” 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.

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