A Dictionary of Swindlers, The Uncensored First Edition Honn, Georg Paul. Betrugs-Lexicon: Worinnen die Meisten Betrugereyen in Allen Standen, Nebst denen Darwider guten Theils Dienenden Mitteln. Coburg: Verlegts Paul Gunther Pfotenhauer, 1721. [xvi], 458,  pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter vellum over marbled boards, early hand-lettered title to spine. Binding slightly cocked, rubbing to boards and extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped, sections of marbled paper lacking, spine darkened, hinges cracked, front free endpaper lacking, rear free endpaper partially detached. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, minor worming to foot of text block, light soiling to title page, "767" in early hand to front pastedown, marks in later pencil to margins of several leaves. $1,200. * First edition. Arranged alphabetically, this is a taxonomy of swindlers and other criminal types. Some entries are polemical. A few entries, most notably those for "monk" and "nun" bordered on blasphemy and were ordered to be removed from later editions. The book went through seven editions in all, the last in 1761. The first is the most desirable because it is uncensored. All are scarce. OCLC locates 3 copies of the first edition in North America (Columbia, University of Alberta, Yale). Das Verzeichnis Deutscher Drucke des 18. Jahrhunderts 10178082-008.
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