A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century. James Orchard HALLIWELL.

A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century

London: John Russell Smith, 1847. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Two volumes in modern brown half buckram, brown cloth over boards, titled in silver on spines, all edges sprinkled red; modern brown faux marbled endpapers; vol. I: [ii],[v]-xxxvi,480pp; vol. II: [ii],[481]-960pp. Bookplate of James Glen Mead to front pastedown. Straight, sound volumes, lacking half-titles, with two pieces of cellotape to outer margin of vol. I title page, else clean: Very Good.

Halliwell (1820-1889), later Halliwell-Phillipps, was an antiquarian, Shakespeare scholar, and son-in-law of noted manuscript collector Sir Thomas Phillipps. His Dictionary, essentially a guide to Chaucerian English, was popular, reaching an eleventh edition by 1889 (ODNB). This copy a mixed set, with the first edition of vol. II and an 1847 reprint of vol. I, originally issued in 1846.

Price: $200.00

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