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CARBERY, Mary (Lady Mary Toulmin), 1867-1949 & GREY, Edwin : HERTFORDSHIRE HERITAGE : OURSELVES AND OUR WORDS.

CARBERY, Mary (Lady Mary Toulmin), 1867-1949 & GREY, Edwin : HERTFORDSHIRE HERITAGE : OURSELVES AND OUR WORDS.

London : John Green & Co., 1948. First edition. General historical matter on the county, followed by over 100 pages of a glossary of Hertfordshire dialect words.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original cloth; very mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned and slightly chipped dust-jacket.

£15

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FRANKLYN, Julian, 1899-1970 : A DICTIONARY OF RHYMING SLANG.

FRANKLYN, Julian, 1899-1970 : A DICTIONARY OF RHYMING SLANG.

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1961). Second edition : with an additional preface and an interesting appendix not contained in the original edition published the previous year. An absorbing Captain (Cook), Jackdaw (and Rook), or Joe (Hook), giving not just Cockney, but also Australian, American and Irish usages, with an important introductory essay, an index of meanings, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(202)pp. Original cloth; a very good copy in a worn, torn, somewhat soiled and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£15

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GREEN, Jonathon, 1948- : CHASING THE SUN : DICTIONARY-MAKERS AND THE DICTIONARIES THEY MADE.

GREEN, Jonathon, 1948- : CHASING THE SUN : DICTIONARY-MAKERS AND THE DICTIONARIES THEY MADE.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1996). First edition. A history of the dictionary in England and America.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (424)pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original boards; faint spine crease; text slightly tanned, but otherwise very good in a slightly creased dust-jacket.

£20

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GREIG, J.Y.T. (John Young Thomson), 1891- 1963 : BREAKING PRISCIAN’S HEAD, OR, ENGLISH AS SHE WILL BE SPOKE AND WROTE.

GREIG, J.Y.T. (John Young Thomson), 1891- 1963 : BREAKING PRISCIAN’S HEAD, OR, ENGLISH AS SHE WILL BE SPOKE AND WROTE.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., [1928]. First edition. A lively, combative (and learned) essay on the future development of English, named for the Latin grammarian Priscian of Lydia, using James Joyce to illustrate the coining of neologisms, and generally calculated “to horrify grammarians and pedants”. As one review remarked. “Most of the improvements are likely to come from America. We on this side of the Atlantic will be wise to take them over with a good grace”. In the “Today and Tomorrow” series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 96,20pp. Original boards, paper labels; boards somewhat marked; some spotting, but a good copy in a lightly worn and slightly chipped dust-jacket.

£15

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[HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873] : A DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG, CANT, AND VULGAR WORDS, USED AT THE PRESENT DAY IN THE STREETS OF LONDON ...

[HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873] : A DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG, CANT, AND VULGAR WORDS, USED AT THE PRESENT DAY IN THE STREETS OF LONDON ...

London : John Camden Hotten, 1859. First edition. An extraordinary compilation from the mercurial bookseller, publisher, rogue and antiquary, John Camden Hotten. Alongside an extensive dictionary of some 3,000 words unknown to other dictionaries (covering the slang of the universities, the rookeries, parliament and the court, as well as the London streets) there is an absorbing history of the subject, plus glossaries of two secret languages – the back-slang of the costermongers and the rhyming-slang of the chaunters and patterers (the first authoritative account of either), as well as an extensive bibliography.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [6],x,lxxvi,[2],160,[ii]pp. Frontispiece map – A Cadger’s Map of a Begging District, with an explanation of the vagabonds’ chalk marks. Original red-brown cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind, by Bone & Son, with their ticket; recased, strengthened and refurbished; some fading, a few internal spots and mild browning, but a sound and serviceable copy. Contemporary ownership inscriptions, of which only the name Jessie Westall is legible.

£200

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MACBRIDE, Mackenzie (Charles Mackenzie), 1861-1933 : LONDON’S DIALECT : AN ANCIENT FORM OF ENGLISH SPEECH.

MACBRIDE, Mackenzie (Charles Mackenzie), 1861-1933 : LONDON’S DIALECT : AN ANCIENT FORM OF ENGLISH SPEECH.

London : Priory Press, 1910. First edition. Beginning as a spirited defence of the much derided Cockney dialect (in fact the first standard and the first written English), MacBride goes on to explore its origins and then the importance of dialects in general, with much on the dialects of other parts of the country.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 62,[iv]pp. Original wrappers; wrappers lightly tanned, slightly marked and a little creased; a handful of internal spots, but a good copy of a fragile item.

£15

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PRENDERGAST, Thomas, 1806-1886 : THE MASTERY OF LANGUAGES ; OR, THE ART OF SPEAKING FOREIGN TONGUES IDIOMATICALLY.

PRENDERGAST, Thomas, 1806-1886 : THE MASTERY OF LANGUAGES ; OR, THE ART OF SPEAKING FOREIGN TONGUES IDIOMATICALLY.

London : Richard Bentley, 1864. First edition. An interesting early work on the theory of language learning, recently reprinted in the Foundations of Foreign Language Teaching series. Prendergast analyses how children acquire language and draws lessons and techniques. He had fomerly been a civil servant in Madras and part of the work relates to the structure of Hindustani.
Demy 8vo (24cm). [2],(xii),262,[ii]pp. Folding table. Right of translation slip. Original cloth, by Edmonds & Remnants, with their ticket; externally a little worn and dulled, but internally clean and largely unopened. With the 1900 armorial bookplate of William Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck, Sixth Duke of Portland (1857-1943).

£40

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TRENCH, Richard Chenevix, 1807-1886 : ENGLISH : PAST AND PRESENT. FIVE LECTURES.

TRENCH, Richard Chenevix, 1807-1886 : ENGLISH : PAST AND PRESENT. FIVE LECTURES.

London : John W. Parker & Son, 1855. First edition. Subsequently much-reprinted university lectures from the Irish old Harrovian, Apostle at Cambridge, later Archbishop of Dublin, and progenitor of the Oxford English Dictionary. The lectures cover English as a composite language; gains of the language; diminutions of the language; changes in meaning, and changes in spelling.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (viii),206,[ii] + (8)pp. Original blind-stamped cloth; faint trace of wear at tips; a touch shaken; a handful of spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription (Bradford 1855) and later small stamp of G. A. Poynder, Antiquarian Book Stores, 4 Broad Street, Reading, on front paste-down.

£40

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WOOD, Helen : THE GRAMMATICAL READING CLASS-BOOK; OR, AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR; IN ENTERTAINING CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN A LADY & HER DAUGHTERS; IN WHICH THE PARTS OF SPEECH ARE FAMILIARLY EXPLAINED, AND THE RULES OF GRAMMAR INTRODUCED AND ILLUSTRATED IN A PLEASING MANNER.

WOOD, Helen : THE GRAMMATICAL READING CLASS-BOOK; OR, AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR; IN ENTERTAINING CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN A LADY & HER DAUGHTERS; IN WHICH THE PARTS OF SPEECH ARE FAMILIARLY EXPLAINED, AND THE RULES OF GRAMMAR INTRODUCED AND ILLUSTRATED IN A PLEASING MANNER.

London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Hamilton, Adams & Co., [etc]., 1850. Eighth edition. “Designed to inspire young persons with a taste for that useful branch of education” – Little Lucy Harcourt is brought up to the mark in grammar – “though she sometimes betrayed a little impatience, ill-humour, and carelessness, yet if we look over these little faults, she was tolerably good”. Intended for use both at home and in schools, but although the work evidently enjoyed a considerable nineteenth-century vogue, being first published in about 1827 (the date of the preface) and reaching a tenth edition in 1865, we are unable to trace any edition earlier than the 1841 (sixth) in the British Library – and no copy of the present edition in any major library worldwide.
Post 12mo (19cm). 204pp. Original blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned; small and faint band of uneven colour across spine, but a very good copy. Impenetrable contemporary ownership inscription.

£40

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