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A Dictionary of the Isle of Wight Dialect

By William Henry Long

1886 - London - Reeves and Turner

7.5" by 5", xii, 170pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A very scarce example of this fascinating insight into the history of the Isle of Wight dialect, complete with a play, story and a collection of folk songs to exemplify the use of the language defined in the book. Publisher's catalogue to last leaf.

This is considered the definitive work on the subject.

First Edition.

William Henry Long (1839 - 1896) was born in Calbourne on the Isle of Wight to a farming family. His desire to escape this lowly background was evident from an early age, and he pursued a literary career against the wishes of his family. In January 1858, after six years of school in Calbourne, he secured a place at Winchester Diocesan Training College, and despite having left by the end of the year, retained enough knowledge to forge a career as a bookseller.

With the changes brought by the industrial revolution and the arrival of fashionable tourists to the Isle of Wight, Long was witnessing the disappearance of the language and folklore he had grown up with on the island. He produced the dictionary as a response to this progress, in an attempt to preserve the customs he feared would soon be forgotten.

CONDITION

In the publishers original cloth binding with green decoration to front board and gilt titling to spine. Externally, some wear and bumping to cloth. Tears and lifting to the spine with wear to the head and tail. Slight marks to rear board with heavier marks and fading to foredge of front board, and a small spill-burn to bottom of front board, not affecting titling. Rear joint tender but still reasonably firm, front and rear hinges tender. Internally, binding tender with one or two pages detached. Browning to front and rear free-endpapers and tidemarks to front pastedown and first few pages, not affecting text. Otherwise, generally bright and clean with scattered spots.

Early copperplate ink inscription to front pastedown, reading "William Moorey, Yarverland, Nr Brading, IOW".

Overall: GOOD (ONLY)


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