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A provincial glossary;

with a collection of local proverbs, and popular superstitions.

Stock Code 103720

London, S. Hooper, 1790

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Rural life and folklore. An attractive example of the corrected and enlarged second edition of provincial terms and sayings collected by the antiquarian Francis Grose (d.1791).

Highlights include the Northern word 'Peef' to 'cough short, and faintly; as sheep', and the Exmouth expression 'Zowerswopped' meaning to be 'Ill-natured', in addition to proverbs such as 'England is a ringing island' — apparently so because we have 'more bells in number, greater in size, and better tuned... than any other country in Europe, Italy not excepted'. The final 57 pages are given-over to popular superstitions, including a fascinating description of witches ('almost universally a poor, decrepit, superannuated woman'), sorcerers, and local folklore.

Second edition; 8vo (20.5 x 12.5 cm); browning to title edges, occasional foxing; contemporary calf, green morocco label, spine extremities worn, lightly rubbed; viii, [324], 57, [3]pp.
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Provenance: Painswick House.

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A provincial glossary;

GROSE, Francis.

Stock code: 103720

$571.00

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