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1 Warner's Safe Dictionary Comprising over Five Thousand Words with Definitions and Pronunciations; Carefully Selected from Best Authorities and embracing All the More Difficult Words in General Use
Rochester, New York H. H. Warner & Co. 1889 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to. 29.5 by 15.5 cm. 32 pp. plus wraps. Versos are generally devoted to concise definition of words, and facing rectos are predominantly testimonials for the Warner & Co.'s various remedies. Inside cover features an illustration of a safe, as in a bank safe, which is meant as a metaphor for the company's "safe" cures. Warner had a diverse assortment of nostrums, including for kidney and liver, Bright's disease, female issues, malaria, and on and on. Elsewhere is a promotion for Warner's cookbook. A typical, if somewhat larger, pharmaceutical promotional flyer of the day, since these often included texts and illustrations not directly germane to the products being hawked but were coupled with the promotion to incentivize recipients to glance at the item, and possibly save it for a while. Moderate wear and soiling on the cover. Tiny dogear on lower corner of some leaves. Age toning to the leaves, as to be expected with the cheap paper stock employed. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Letter to a Lexicographer, Carpenter, Edwin H.
2 Carpenter, Edwin H. Letter to a Lexicographer
San Francisco Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs. Printed by Saul Marks of the Plantin Press 1960 "Second Edition" Wraps Fine 
12mo. 17 by 11 cm. 9 pp. Described as "a fictitious correspondence between E. de Fumier and M. Cambronne", the text is actually a learned discussion of the word "shit". With a publisher's slip inserted and surviving. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Ducange, Anglicus The Vulgar Tongue, A Glossary of Slang, Cant, and Flash Words and Phrases, Used in London From 1839 to 1859; Flash Songs, Essays on Slang, and a Bibliography of Canting and Slang Literature
London Bernard Quaritch 1859 Second Edition, Improved and Much Enlarged Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
Only 250 copies printed. 12mo. 17 by 11 cm. iv, 80 pp. This edition not only combines two separate glossaries from the first edition, but adds many words and phrases. It also has an useful bibliography, four pages long. Particularly enjoyable are the "translations" from slang to standard English. The former are utterly opaque and foreign to modern readers, and probably to the educated classes of the day. Leaves are heavily age toned. Blindstamped red cloth with a stain on front, about one inch by an inch in size. Wear along the joints. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Pieces and Plays for Recitation Whether Grave or Gay, Eastlake, F. W.
4 Eastlake, F. W. Pieces and Plays for Recitation Whether Grave or Gay
Tokyo Shobido 1903 First Edition Presumed Brochure. Wraps. Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC FirstSearch. Narrow 12mo. 16.5 by 11 cm 107, [2] pp. And one fold-out plate. Dialogues for Japanese students of English. Unintentionally very amusing, with situations and expressions in English alien to any native English speaker. With the English dialogue preceding the identical dialogue rendered in Japanese. Also a few speeches for the Japanese student to practice his English elocution. Wraps are soiled, with losses at spine extremities. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Petersen's Fur Traders Lexicon, Petersen, Marcus
5 Petersen, Marcus Petersen's Fur Traders Lexicon
New York Petersen & Chandless 1920 First printing Cloth. Limp hardcover. Very Good 
8vo. 17.5 by 11.5. 90 pp. With many animal terms, and translations of animal names and other terminology from French, German and other languages. Thus a bit of a natural history or zoological reference, with some funky esoterica as well (esoteric for those not in the fur trade). Quite uncommon in its original form, as here. Light wear. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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