Handsomely rebound Edwardian edition of this invaluable 19th century dictionary of French slang, defined in English.
"MARQUE-MAL, m. (printers'), one who receives the folios from the printing machine; (popular) an ugly man, one with a "knocker face."
Cant, slang, and argot of the "Coupeaus, Bec-Salés, Mes-Bottes, Lantiers," and worse, whose "forcible, picturesque, and graphic" language reached up to the most rarified branches of French society: "Journalists, artists, politicians, men of fashion, soldiers, even women talk argot, sometimes unawares". Guide to the common and colorful vocabulary and usage of laborers, street toughs, thieves, even the "lisping twaddle of the languid gommeux who lolls on the Boulevarde des Italiens," without which the supposed fluency of the French-speaking Anglophone is incomplete; their bewilderment, faced with Zola or Balzac, assured. A useful guide to 19th-century English as well as French, insofar as French terms are rendered by an English-language slang equivalent, where one can be found. Glossary preceded by a brief history of cant terms from the 15th century through the 19th, with representative texts from François Villon to an 1879 "Autobiography of a Thief in Thieves' Language". A beautiful copy of this classic reference, first published in 1887.
London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd, 1911. 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. 7.25'' x 5.25''. Contemporary green half leather over red and green marbled boards with gilt-stamped spine. Beautiful green marbled endpapers. lx, 483,  pages. "Reprinted from stereotype plates." Extremities and joints lightly rubbed, spine sunned. Toning to edges. Else sound and clean.
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