Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang (2 vols; all issued). J. E. LIGHTER.

Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang (2 vols; all issued)

New York: Random House, 1994-97. First Edition. First printings. Two quarto volumes. Cloth-backed boards (hardcovers); dustjackets; 1006+736pp. Tight, Near Fine copies in like dustwrappers. Printed bookplate of Smithsonian curator James G. Mead to each volume.

Lighter's dictionary, the first of its kind devoted to American slang, was projected to run to four volumes, but the project was terminated by Random House in 1997 after only the first two volumes had been published. As of 2022, the final two volumes have yet to be published, though Oxford University Press has reputedly taken on responsibility for completing the work.

Price: $125.00

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