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Grose, Francis | A Provincial Glossary London 1811

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Grose, Francis, A Provincial Glossary; with a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular Superstitions. London:  1811 

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Grose, Francis, Esq. F.R. & A.S.S.,  A Provincial Glossary; with a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular Superstitions. A New Edition, Corrected. London: Printed for Edward Jeffery, No. 11, Pall Mall, 1811. Quarto,  [three introductory blanks; iv; Glossary 56 pages unpaginated;   Local Proverbs p. 57- 124; five concluding blanks].  26 ½ cm x 21 cm. Full gilt-trimmed tan calf. Binder’s tag from Lubbock in New Castle. Book plate of John Stafford Reid Byers (1903-1984), who was in the Ministry of Economic Warfare in 1939  and New Castle solicitor, Armorer Donkin (1779 – 1851), who signed his book plate. A fine wide-margined copy, bright, crisp. Re-backed.  “Scrat” is defined as “an hermaphrodite, used of men and animals,” and, “groovers” as miners. “Crones” are defined as “old ewes who have lost their teeth.” Under “Herefordshire” one finds “Blessed is the eye, / That is between Severn and Wye.” “This proverb, Fuller supposes to refer not only to the beautiful and fertile country so situated, but also to allude to the safety from hostile invasions arising from the protection of those two rivers.”