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A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1788)

- January 18, 2018 in dictionary, slang

A compendium of slang from the sordid streets of after-hours Georgian London, compiled by Francis Grose.

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1788)

- January 18, 2018 in dictionary, slang

A compendium of slang from the sordid streets of after-hours Georgian London, compiled by Francis Grose.

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1788)

- January 18, 2018 in dictionary, slang

A compendium of slang from the sordid streets of after-hours Georgian London, compiled by Francis Grose.

Defining the Demonic

- October 30, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, cristianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart […]

Defining the Demonic

- October 25, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, christianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart lies an unlikely but pertinent synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.

Manipulus Vocabulorum: a Rhyming Dictionary from the 16th Century

- July 3, 2014 in dictionary, peter levens, peter levins, rhyming dictionary

A facsimile edition from 1867 of the very first rhyming dictionary, produced by Peter Levins in 1570.

Manipulus Vocabulorum: a Rhyming Dictionary from the 16th Century

- July 3, 2014 in dictionary, peter levens, peter levins, rhyming dictionary

A facsimile edition from 1867 of the very first rhyming dictionary, produced by Peter Levins in 1570.

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1785)

- October 15, 2013 in collections, dictionary, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, english, Internet Archive, language, samuel johnson, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: Non-fiction, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, University of Toronto Libraries

Volume 1 of the 6th edition of Samuel Johnson’s epic achievement A Dictionary of the English Language, published a year after his death in 1785.

A Dictionary of Victorian Slang (1909)

- January 29, 2013 in collections, dictionary, language, phrase, slang, texts, Texts: 20th, Texts: Miscellaneous, Texts: Non-fiction, victorian, words

Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase, by J. Redding Ware; 1909; Routledge, London. Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase is complied and written by James Redding Ware, the pseudonym of Andrew Forrester the British writer who created one of the first female detectives in literary history in his book The Female Detective (1863). In this posthumously published volume Forrester turns his attention to the world of Victorian slang, in particular that found in the city of London. From the Preface: HERE is a numerically weak collection of instances of ‘Passing English’. It may be hoped that there are errors on every page, and also that no entry is ‘quite too dull’. Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been added or are being added. ‘Passing English’ ripples from countless sources, forming a river of new language which has its tide and its ebb, while its current brings down new ideas and carries away those that have dribbled out of fashion. Not only is ‘Passing English’ general ; it [...]