First edition, large 8vo, pp. 267; original full maroon cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine, pictorial dust jacket; about fine in a lightly worn dust jacket. Words and phrases found in colonial writing, now archaic, obscure, obsolete, or whose meanings have changed.
Fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. SHIPS PRIORITY UPGRADE from NJ; GIFT-ABLE as USED, RARE, FEELS NEW AND UNREAD FIRST, FINE (subtle name inside board, but no sign of having been read) w/DJ VERY GOOD [glossy, but hidden repaired... Sewn binding. full cloth over boards. 267 p. Audience: General/trade.10849 10849--The great virtue of "Colonial American English" is that it collects many terms which are nowadays unfamiliar, defines them and in most cases provides an appropriate reference to demonstrate how the term was used at the time. For those interested in words and in the period, you can spend many enjoyable hours browsing through the book. But this is a specialized book and I would recommend it only to historians, word lovers, and perhaps genealogists. The genealogist runs across many of these specialized words in transcribing estate inventories, daybooks and land records, but it certainly isn't for the average genealogist. In defining particular goods such as types of cloth, the book lists "alamode, nankeen, jane, Kendal cotton, and Kersey." You will find all of these items in a good, standard American dictionary with perfectly adequate explanations. But it also lists "alopeen, bafta, bag Holland, barracan and beggar's velvet, " which you won't find in a good, standard dictionary. "Colonial American English" performs better when explaining cultural phenomena such a game "King and Queen" or the practice of giving money to a soldier to buy a coat "coat money" or the use of "barley water" to reduce inflamation. Standard dictionaries tend to put emphasis on the concrete and to gloss over the culturally ephemeral. The book exells at defining two and three word phrases such as "Labrador Tea, knee tember and chip hat, " largely because such phrases (two and three word combinations) so rarely make it to a standard dictionary. [reader review]
Fine in fine jacket. Oversized hardcover. Presumed first edition. 267 pp. with bibliography, index. Fine, fresh example in fine dust jacket. A handy glossary that lists and defines more than 3000 words and phrases that were used in America during the colonial period 1608-1783. For example, learn what Thomas Jefferson meant by bthe phrase "rise at a feather"; what was meant by "sheep walk" inSouth Carolina in 1768; what a "jug of brown nappy" was in a 1728 song; what was meant when describing a maid the phrase used was "she di barnish apace".
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