Words from Old Books

Books from a gentler age.

E. Cobham Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Chalmers’ 1811-1818 Dictionary of Biography in 32 volumes.

Nathan Bailey’s 1737 Dictionary of Thieving Slang (canting, or cant) from the underworld

Charles Hutton’s 1795 Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary in 2 volumes.

Charles Thomas Jacobi’s 1888 Dictionary of printing terms

Charles Knight’s (1845) Old England, a Pictorial Museum

Charles Pigott’s 1795 Political Dictionary (a biting satire)

The Rev. James Wood’s 1907 Nuttall Encyclp√¶dia

Francis Grose’ Provincial Glossary (incomplete)

Chas. T. Jacobi’s 1897 Gesta Typograhica (incomplete)

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