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A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, used at the present day in the steeets of London, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Houses of Parliament, the dens of St. Giles, and the Palaces of St. James
J.C.Hotten, Booksellers, Piccadilly, 1859. 1st edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, repair to spine, in good condition, original brown endpapers, pages clean bar a little spotting in the first and last few leaves. The title page continues thus: 'Preceded by a History of Cant and Vulgar Language from the time of Henry V11 and showing its connection with the Gipsey Tongue; with Glossaries of Two Secret Languages spoken by the wandering tribes of London, the Costermongers and Patterers - by a London Antiquary'. Map frontispiece is entitled 'A Cadger's Map of a Begging District'. Hotten was a journalist, bookseller and publisher, with a wide variety of interests, and his firm was taken over after his death and subsumed within Chatto & Windus. Hotten's eponymous dictionary was one of the first of its kind in Victorian England, and is extremely scarce as a first printing.
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