The Praise of York-shire Ale Wherein is enumerated several sorts of Drink, with a Discription of the Humors of most sorts of Drunckards. To which is added, a York-shire Dialogue, in its pure natural dialect, as is now commonly spoken in the North parts of York-shire. The third edition. With the Addition of some Observations, of the Dialect and Pronuntiation of Words in the East Ryding of York-shire. Together with a Collection of significant and usefull proverbs. By G.M. Gent. George MERITON.

The Praise of York-shire Ale Wherein is enumerated several sorts of Drink, with a Discription of the Humors of most sorts of Drunckards. To which is added, a York-shire Dialogue, in its pure natural dialect, as is now commonly spoken in the North parts of York-shire. The third edition. With the Addition of some Observations, of the Dialect and Pronuntiation of Words in the East Ryding of York-shire. Together with a Collection of significant and usefull proverbs. By G.M. Gent.

2 p.l., 124 pp. Small 8vo, early 19th-cent. blue morocco by C. Lewis (title a little dusty, small portion of outer upper corner of title carefully renewed at an early date), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, orange morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. York: J. White for F. Hildyard, 1697.

Third edition and best edition, greatly enlarged, of this important contribution to the study of contemporary northern English dialect and pronunciation. George Meriton (1634-ca. 1711), was a legal writer and owner of Castle Leavington in the North Riding of Yorkshire. “In 1683 he published A York-shire Dialogue in its Pure Natural Dialect at York. A second edition appeared in 1685, also at York, with his poem ‘The Praise of York-shire Ale’ and a pioneering dialect glossary, preceded in print only by John Ray’s; a third edition with additional dialect material was published in 1697.”–ODNB.

The book is divided into four parts. The first part (pp. 1-78) provides the poem, a lively narrative of a Rabelaisian jaunt by Bacchus and his court to Northallerton, Easingwold and York, consuming astonishing quantities of the “humming Yorkshire ale.” The second (pp. 79-81) is entitled “Some Observations concerning the Dialect and various Pronunciation of words in the East-Riding of Yorkshire.” The third part (pp. 83-85) is a “Collection of Significant and usefull Proverbs, some of which are apropriated to York-shire” and the fourth part (pp. 89-124) is the glossary.

Fine copy with the bookplate of William Gott. This copy passed on to his son, John Gott (1830-1906), bishop of Truro. He owned a perfect First Folio and a number of Shakespeare quartos. The most important Shakespeare volumes were directly purchased by Folger but the remainder was sold at Sotheby’s (see De Ricci, p. 181). This copy sold for the remarkable figure of 215 pounds (20 & 21 March 1908, lot 143). With an early note on the rear free flyleaf: “t/x Hibberts sale. 1839 i/x binding by C. Lewis 1831.”.

Price: $6,500.00

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