First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's original tan card covers printed in red. Small 8vo. 77pp. A very good copy, the binding firm with some rubbing and small nicks to the extremities. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. Some words with a small pencil mark in the margin. Several emendations and a newspaper clipping applied by the author to the prelims.
The author has tipped in a British newspaper clipping dated March 16, 1932 headed "IT SURE BEATS THEM: 'Underworld' Slang Too Much for Convicts, San Quentin, California" and reporting that inmates at San Quentin prison have asked the editor of The Bulletin, the prison magazine, to supply them with a dictionary of underworld slang, so they might be able to decipher the crime stories in the magazines supplied to them in prison. Underneath the clipping the author has inscribed in black ink "The Editor Evening News, / In response to this pathetic appeal / a copy of Yankee Slang has been / sent to its ?? at St Quentin, California / E.T.". Further inscribed in the author's hand "Published 8/4/32" at the head of the title page. A very scarce privately printed volume, seemingly the only publication by the author, who claims to have travelled extensively in the United States, presumably giving him the knowledge to compile this dictionary of American Slang for the benefit of British readers. Scarce institutionally, OCLC WorldCat locates 7 copies: one each in the UK (Oxford) and Australia (National Library, Canberra), two in the US (Universities of Chicago and Indiana) and three in New Zealand (two in Wellington, the other in Auckland). (Coleman, Julia: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume III: 1859-1936; Partridge, Eric: A Dictionary of the Underworld: British and American).
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