Handsomely bound 2nd edition of the first collection of words and phrases characteristic of American English.
"Mr. Kendal (the English traveler already quoted) observes, that 'Immigrant' is perhaps the only new word, of which the circumstances of the United States has in any degree demanded the addition to the English language."
Corrected and considerably expanded edition of the work first published in much shorter book form in 1815, following its initial appearance in the Memoirs of the American Academy. Pickering's collection and discussion of peculiarly American English words, phrases, idioms, and usages was the first of its kind, and the only one of its kind until Barlett some decades later. As a secretary attached to the American legation in London, Pickering had ample opportunity to record his early observations on usage differences between the nations; his collection was built on an original observation of just three words unique to American English: "lengthy," "advocate," and "progress" (the latter two as verbs). His linguistic interests extended to the native languages of the North American continent, and in 1831 he published his Remarks on the Indian Languages of North America. Among the VOCABULARY's entries: Oppugnation; Whop, Whap, and Awhap; Animalism (for 'sensuality'); and Electioneering ("a low word").
Read more: Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, 62638.
Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1816. A vocabulary: or collection of words and phrases which have been supposed to be peculiar to the United States of America. To which is prefixed an essay on the present state of the English language in the United States. Originally published in the Memoirs of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and now republished with corrections and additions. 8.75'' x 5.25''. 20th century in half black goatskin by Lewis with brilliant blue marbled boards and matching marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. vii, , -206 pages plus errata leaf. Some internal dampstaining, the majority to endpapers and final pages.
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