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

London: John Russell Smith, 1874. Eighth edition. Octavo (23cm). Two volumes in dark red wave-grain cloth, with paper spine labels; brown coated endpapers; vol. I: xxxvi,480pp; vol. II: [iv],[481]-960,32pp; 32-page publisher's catalogue at rear of vol. II. 1877 ownership inscriptions of Fanny Hall to half-titles; bookplate of noted zoologist James G. Mead in each volume. A straight set, with amateur tissue-paper repairs to joints, head, and tailcaps; rear hinges and front hinge of vol. II cracked, but holding firmly; internally clean: Good or better.

Halliwell (1820-1889; latter Halliwell-Phillips) 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).

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