PEGGE, Samuel. Anecdotes of the English Language; Chiefly Regarding the Local Dialect of London and its Environs; Whence it Will Appear that the Natives of the Metropolis and its Vicinities Have Not Corrupted the Language of Their Ancestors. London: J. B. Nichols and Son, 1844.
Large 8vo., in the original publisher's cloth, embossed in blind to both boards; lettered in gilt direct to spine; yellow endpapers; pp. [v], vi-xx, 410, [ii]; covers slightly bowed; spine sunned with some pushing and rubbing to head and foot; a few light spots throughout, and the odd pencil mark to prelims; some pages at rear unopened; withdrawn from Keele University, with their paper stamp to title and Library stickers to ffeps; very good, and rather clean internally.
Third edition, enlarged and corrected with added improved index.
Samuel Pegge was an English Antiquary, Poet, Musician and and Lexicographer. Anecdotes of the English Language was one of his most important work, and an amusing, and very readable account of the Cockney dialect, its history and uses. It is perhaps no secret that Pegge relied rather heavily on the work Dr Johnson, whose own writings on language would have been much read and discussed at the time.