Scarce presentation copy of the first edition, subscribers' issue, of the lore, language and song of the Isle of Wight.
"I cannot think the reason<br />Why women love young men,<br />For they are so falsehearted,<br />And true not one in ten"
Essential and influential dictionary of the insular vernacular, with tables of grammatical peculiarities and phonetically spelled pronunciations. William Henry Long, born in Calbourne on the Isle of Wight, was a writer, bookseller, and member of the English Dialect Society; his DICTIONARY was an important reference for a number of writers, and his collected 'songs sung by the peasantry' an invaluable sourcebook for modern folksingers, one group of whom recorded them under the tribute title "Long Songs." This copy includes an unsigned inscription: "From the author - An old Wolvesey student."
London / Isle of Wight: Reeves & Turner / G.A. Brannon & Co, 1886. A dictionary of the Isle of Wight dialect, and of provincialisms used in the island; with illustrative anecdotes and tales; to which is appended The Christmas Boys' Play, an Isle of Wight "Hooam Harvest," and songs sung by the peasantry; forming a treasury of insular manners and customs of fifty years ago. Octavo. 8.75'' x 5.75''. Original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Brown coated endpapers. xii, 170 pages plus  pages of advertisements. Inscription (unsigned) to front endpaper verso: "From the author - An old Wolvesey student". Boards rubbed with minor fraying to extremities; a few spots of soil to covers. Spine lightly sunned. Rear hinge just starting. Small dampstain to rear endpapers.
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