Very Good. Item #6264
Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup, 1941. First Edition. From the personal library of journalist, White House speechwriter, and language expert William Safire.
Octavo (9.5 x 6.5 inches); 314 pp. Softcover rebound in three quarter navy leather with blue marbled paper. Lettering in gilt to spine. Safire leather bookplate on front pastedown. Binding is bright and sound. No rubbing. Pages untrimmed, but clean and unmarked.
Includes the origins of some favorite words such as bamboozle -- a verb that first appeared in the early 1700s -- to some lesser known terms such as a "Thimblerig," which was a swindling game involving three thimbles and a pea. (Being called a 'thimblerig player' in politics is certainly not a compliment.)
[The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Volume 1, pp. 162.; A Concise Bibliography for Students of English, pp. 2988.].