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The Underworld Speaks. An Insight to Vice / Crime / Corruption
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The Underworld Speaks. An Insight to Vice / Crime / Corruption

by Pollock, Albin J.

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1935
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San Francisco: Prevent Crime Bureau, 1935. Very Good, paper spine torn along fore edge, small corner crease top front wrapper, "Property of Richard F. Laumann" stamped at title page. SCARCE slang dictionary. Unpaginated, (288) pages, including illustrated portrait frontis. . First Edition. Trade Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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(SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR) The Underground Dictionary
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(SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR) The Underground Dictionary

by Landy, Eugene E., Ph. D.

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1971
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9780671210120
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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1971. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR, in year pf publication, at title page -"9-20-71 For Amy, I hope you enjoy this scholarly work - it took much time in the streets. Sincerely, Gene". Very Good, boards a bit faded with damp spots to rear board only, in Near Fine dust jacket, spine a shade sunned,… Read more about this item
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A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In Antiquities, Concerning the Most Noble, and Renowned English Nation
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A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In Antiquities, Concerning the Most Noble, and Renowned English Nation

by By the Study, and Travell of R. V. (Richard Verstegan, also known as Richard Rowlands

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Second English Edition
Published
1634
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London: Printed by John Norton, for Joyce Norton , and Richard Whitaker , 1634. (20), 338, (12) pages.Title-page printed in red and black, with engraving of the Tower of Babel; 10 engravings in text; woodcut ornaments throughout. First published in Antwerp in 1605, the first edition in English 1628, then this the 2nd English edition in 1634. Bound in contemporary… Read more about this item
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American Tramp and Underworld Slang....
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American Tramp and Underworld Slang....

by Edited by Godfrey Irwin, with a Terminal Essay by Eric Partridge

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New York: Sears Publishing Co. No Date ( dated December 1930 at end of 1st essay). Title continues: "words and phrases used by hoboes, tramps, migratory workers and those on the fringes of society, with their uses and origins with a number of tramp songs". 264 pages. "Songs of Jungles and Drag" (without music): p. 199-252. Very Good, no jacket,… Read more about this item
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The Big Con; The Story of the Confidence Man and the Confidence Game
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The Big Con; The Story of the Confidence Man and the Confidence Game

by Maurer, David W.

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1940
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Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940. First Edition stated, Very Good, small tear to cloth at head of spine, spine a bit dulled. 300 pages with a slang glossary pp. 275-296. Basis for the 1970 Academy Award winning film "The Sting" starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, which won 7 Oscars in all. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No… Read more about this item
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A Comparative Study of Urban Black Argot ( Occasional Papers in Linguistics, No. 1 UCLA, March, 1972)
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A Comparative Study of Urban Black Argot ( Occasional Papers in Linguistics, No. 1 UCLA, March, 1972)

by Edith A. Folb (author); Victoria Fromkin (principal investigator)

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1972
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San Francisco: US Dept HEW, Office of Education, Regional Research Program , 1972. vi, 153 pp. SCARCE. Very Good Plus, wrappers lightly soiled. "The general subject matter of this study is argot; specifically, the argot elicited from Black male youths living in the South Central Los Angeles Ghetto". (Abstract, pg. i.). First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Very Good Plus/No Jacket, As… Read more about this item
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Circus Glossary
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Circus Glossary

by Beal, George Brinton

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Reprint
Published
1956
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Paperback
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No Place: George Brinton Beal, 1956. Title page states "Reprinted from THE CALL OF THE CALLIOPE". Fine in red stapled wrappers, 16 pp. OCLC locates only 2 copies, at Syracuse University and the Lilly Library with Madeline Kripke's copy, recently acquired. "Self-published by George Brinton Beal in 1956, this Circus Glossary is one example of the numerous rare materials in… Read more about this item
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U. S. A. - Slang; Ordbok Over Modern Amerikansk Slang
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U. S. A. - Slang; Ordbok Over Modern Amerikansk Slang

by Victor Skaarup och Kris Winther

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Published
1945
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Stockholm: Varldpressens Forlag, 1945. RARE WWII era slang dictionary with American slang words and Swedish translations. Near Fine, small tears to paper covered boards at spine. 80 pp. . First Edition. Printed Paper Covered Boards. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.
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Hillbilly Dictionary : An Enlightening Collection of Mountain Expressions
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Hillbilly Dictionary : An Enlightening Collection of Mountain Expressions

by Weals, Vic (Compiler); Cover by Charles Daniel

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No Place (Gatlinburg, Tenn.): The Author No date, circa 1960. [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified] Unpaged, 8 pp. of text in stiff yellow stapled paper wrappers. First Edition, Weals published a revised edition under the title "Hillbilly Dictionary (revised) :an edifying collection of mountain expressions". SCARCE in commerce. Good, wrappers darkend, ragged triangular chips at top… Read more about this item
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Black English: An Annotated Bibliography.
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Black English: An Annotated Bibliography.

by Leffall, Dolores and Johnson, James P. (compiled by).

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1973
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Washington, D.C.: The Minority Research Center, Inc., , 1973. Near Fine, light soiling to wrappers. 75.pp. Part One covers books, pamphlets, dissertations and papers read before interested groups. Part Two lists articles appearing in books and periodicals. "Black English", has been used in a loose sense. Included also are materials on dialects, slang, speech, language and linguistics. An important… Read more about this item
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AMERICANISMS; The English of the New World
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AMERICANISMS; The English of the New World

by M. (Maximillian) Schele de Vere

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Published
1872
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New York: Charles Scribner & Company , 1872. Publisher's original brown cloth with gilt lettering at spine, brown end papers, 685, (1), 5 pp, publisher's ads. Very Good Plus, scant wera at spine ends and corners, 1" closed tear bottom edge. p.685, front hinge just barely starting. Clean, tight, and unmarked, a quite handsome copy. . First Edition. Cloth. Very… Read more about this item
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(Association Copy)  "CRIMINALESE" Slang Talk of The CRIMINAL
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(Association Copy) "CRIMINALESE" Slang Talk of The CRIMINAL

by Finerty, James J.

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Published
1926
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Los Angeles: The Author, 1926. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR opposite page 5 at first blank page - To:- Peter Tamony from the Author Jim Finerty: P.O. Box 867 M.O. Los Angeles, Calif. A Gift 1936". Association Copy, Peter Tamony was an American folk-etymologist who is noted for his research on American colloquial speech, Jazz music and sports. His collection… Read more about this item
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Criminal Slang; The Vernacular of the Underworld Lingo
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Criminal Slang; The Vernacular of the Underworld Lingo

by Monteleone, Captain Vincent J.

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Revised Edition
Published
1949
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Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1949. RARE SIGNED BY AUTHOR at front end page -"With very best wishes Vincent J. Monteleone 1956". The 1949 revised edition, the first edition was published 1945. Tiny rubs at corners, else Fine, no dust jacket. 292 pages. No other copies of the 1949 or 1945 editions in current commerce. . SIGNED BY… Read more about this item
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On Top of the Underworld; The Personal Reminiscences of Ex-Divisional Detective-Inspector Charles E. Leach, Late of New Scotland Yard
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On Top of the Underworld; The Personal Reminiscences of Ex-Divisional Detective-Inspector Charles E. Leach, Late of New Scotland Yard

by Leach, Charles E.

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London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co SCARCE, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at verso of half-title page -"To Darrell P(?) Esq. With the best wishes of the author. Yours sincerely, Charles Leach, September 1936". No Date, (1933) according to OCLC, which locates only 3 copies, all in the UK. vii, 248 pages with black and white photographs. Very Good,… Read more about this item
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A Guide to Slang
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A Guide to Slang

by Bellinger, Sr., Luther Garic (editor); Preface by Donald J. Wehmeyer

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First Edition
Published
1966
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South Bend, IN: Printed & Published by A-1 Printers, Inc., 1966. 38 pages in pictorial stapled wrappers, Near Fine, light soiling to wrappers. Luther Garic Bellinger, Sr. (1913-2010) was an African American mathematics educator and businessman. A RARE slang dictionary, cited in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume IV: 1937-1984, Chapter 8, Julie Coleman Oxford University Press,… Read more about this item
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A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang with Some Examples of Common Usages
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A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang with Some Examples of Common Usages

by Jackson, Louis E.; Assisted by C. R. Hellyer, City Detective Department, Portland Oregon

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Published
1914
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Portland, OR: Louis E. Jackson, [Modern Print. Co.],, 1914. Wrappers with yapped edges, Very Good Plus, evidence of small label removal front cover, blindstamp of SLSI Library University of Western Ontario at title page, verso rear cover with slight paper loss from pocket or plate removal, small stain at spine, else a clean, tight and lovely copy of this scarce… Read more about this item
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Sea Slang; A Dictionary of the Old-Timers' Expressions and Epithets
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Sea Slang; A Dictionary of the Old-Timers' Expressions and Epithets

by Bowen, Frank C.; Illustrated by Saville Lumley and Frontispiece by Kenneth Shoesmith

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London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. First Edition (1929) no year listed but place of publication shown as London. Very Good, no jacket, white lettering at spine rubbed, scattered light foxing mainly at end papers, engraved period nautical bookplate of Robert R. Martin at front paste down, rear end page extra-illustrated with 2 columns of "Did You Know, Captain,… Read more about this item
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DIZZY BASEBALL; A Gay and Amusing Glossary of Baseball Terms Used By Radio Broadcasters Accompanied by Intimate Close Up Views Never Seen on Television
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DIZZY BASEBALL; A Gay and Amusing Glossary of Baseball Terms Used By Radio Broadcasters Accompanied by Intimate Close Up Views Never Seen on Television

by Dean, Jerome H. (Dizzy); Cartoons by Hugh Devine

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Published
1952
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New York: Greenberg Publ., 1952. Scarce in commerce in Fine condition. Fine in Wraps, as Issued, 79 unnumbered pages. Contains 75 of Dizzy's most amusing terms with great comical cartoons by Hugh Devine. . First Edition. Pictorial Printed Wrappers. Fine in Wraps, as Issued/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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Circus Lingo ; Written By a Man Who Was There
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Circus Lingo ; Written By a Man Who Was There

by McKennon, Joe

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Published
1980
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Sarasota, Florida: Carnival Publishers of Sarasota, 1980. 112 pp., with numerous black and white photographs. Near Fine, the book wavy from storage. With SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by author piece of advertising laid in, a request for circus slang by Tom Dalzell, on which McKennon wrote "Why make a(sic) issue of this ? Joe McKennon". Tom Dalzell is the author… Read more about this item
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A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
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A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic

by Wehr, Hans; Edited by J. Milton Cowan

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Published
1961
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Wiesbaden, Germany: Otto Harrassowitz, 1961. Association Copy SIGNED BY EDITOR Milton Cowan at front paste down -"For Big Jim to help him get the nodding acquaintance. Milt Cowan, Feb. 1966". With the name stamp front end page of James Marchand, noted medieval scholar, linguist, and polyglot. Fine in Fine dust jacket. In publisher's original plain brown cardboard slipcase with… Read more about this item
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