Third edition, later issue, of Grose's classic slang dictionary of 18th-century colloquial and ungentlemanly nouns and verbs.
"The Vulgar Tongue consists of two parts: the first is the Cant Language, called sometimes Pedlars French, or St. Giles's Greek; the second, those burlesque phrases, quaint allusions, and nick-names for persons, things, and places, which, from long uninterrupted usage, are made classical by prescription."<br /><br />
Invaluable sourcebook for the historian, historical novelist, and curious layperson alike, whether they be a Captain Hackum, a Death's Head Upon a Mop-Stick, or Grinagog, the Cat's Uncle. Entries include such terms as "Yellow Cat" (a noted brothel in the Strand), "Wrinkle" (a woman who has borne "any number of bastards"), "Gunner's Daughter,"* "Boxing the Jesuit"* and many similarly illuminating words and phrases. Grose happily and frankly explains any number of depraved words, only stopping short of defining The Monosyllable; the lamp of Antiquity casts a warm light of charm over even the filthiest of euphemisms. (*Decorum forbids elucidation.) This copy of the 1796 third edition is "corrected and enlarged, published one year after the first edition. It is bound in original boards with ads from the early 19th century, likely issued just before or simultaneously with the work's resurrection with the 1811 edition, published under the new title Lexicon Balatronicum.
London: Hooper and Co, 1796 [but circa 1810]. Octavo bound in fours. 8.75'' x 5.5''. Original boards with brown spine, printed paper spine label. Leaves uncut and unopened. Publisher's advertisements (from Sherwood, Neely and Jones) bound in, including a notice for Barrington's Voyage to New South Wales with a history of the settlement "to the present period of 1810". vii, Moderate wear and light chipping to edges of boards. Considerable chipping to paper over spine, revealing sections of scrap paper underneath; printed label intact. Pages faintly toned.
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