The Chimney-Sweepers, a Town Eclogue. by (CHIMNEY-SWEEPERS).

‘bunter-style and St. Giles’s jaw’

~ The Chimney-Sweepers, a Town Eclogue. London: Printed for J. Ridley. 1773.

4to (242 × 181 mm), pp. 12; typographical ornaments; light dampstaining; modern wrappers, typed label to upper cover.

Sole edition. A comic mock-heroic dialogue in London street dialect between three chimney-sweeps, Grim, Dingy and Sooty-Dun. The dialect, described by the Monthly Review as ‘bunter-style and St. Giles’s jaw’ is excused by the anonymous author in a footnote: ‘As this and some similar passages may seem un-grammatical and barbarous to the nicer critics, they are desired before they decide, to peruse the Blackguard’s Grammar, or the Yellow Waistcoat’s Vade Mecum, when the author flatters himself they will allow both the language and style to entirely consonant with the rules laid down in that valuable and learned work.’ Jackson, p. 19; ESTC lists copies at BL, Edinburgh, Rylands, UCLA, Kansas, Texas and Yale.

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