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COLES, E[lisha]. An English Dictionary, explaining The Difficult Terms that are used in Divinity, Husbandry, Physick, Philosophy, Law, Navigation, Mathematics, and other Arts and Sciences...

London. Printed for J. Walthoe et al., 1732.
8vo. [336]pp. Text printed in three columns. Contemporary blind-tooled sheep. Extremities heavily worn and marked, leather separating from boards, worming to foot of spine. Without FEP, inked numerals to verso of FFEP, damp-staining to leaf F2, worm-trail to upper corners of a majority of text-block, occasional spotting.
Elisha Coles (c.1640-1680), lexicographer and stenographer. The present work, his first foray into lexicography, appeared in 1676, and is notable for being the first general dictionary to include both a wide range of dialect (extracted from John Ray's Collection of English Words not Generally used, 1674), and 'canting terms', or criminal slang or flash talk (from Richard Head's The Canting Academy, 1673).
ESTC 145363.
£ 300.00 Antiquates Ref: 21593