First and only printing of this rare pamphlet of selected Americanisms, compiled by an English visitor to the United States.
"WRONG NAMES.—The Americans call many things by wrong names."
Privately printed "under the advice of a friend eminent in philology," this publication is accordingly scarce, with OCLC listing copies held by just four institutions. Along with definitions and approximate U.K. equivalents for the listed terms and phrases encountered during the English author's American tour, Hill offers judicious editorializing: On Carpet-Baggers: "This species of knave has done great mischief in the South." On Side-Walk: "An excellent expression, which should be introduced into England." On Cantaloupe: "It is very good."
The nameless but amiable philologist to whom Hill refers as inspiration and encourager is almost certainly John Earle (1821-1903), Anglo-Saxonist and Oxford professor, and this copy bears an inscription indicating receipt from Earle himself. A fascinating document by a curious traveler and linguistic amateur. Rare.
Read more: Metcalfe, Memor of Rosamond Davenport-Hill.
Birmingham: Charles Caswell, 1876. American expressions, collected by Alfred Hill, in 1874-5. 7'' x 4.5''. Original printed self-wrappers. 8 pages. Two brief penciled notes to front cover, in different hands: "From Prof. Earle" and "Very Rare." Moderate toning. Light creasing and chipping to corners, small closed tear to fore-edge; text unaffected.
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