I love this edition of the Hobbit. Why? Illustrations.
Books love illustrations. Especially wonderfully done ones like the ones in this book.
It's beautifully done. Absolutely beautiful.
Okay, I also found this gem.
The description inside begins like this:
A DICTIONARY OF THE UNDERWORLD
British & American
Being the Vocabularies of
CROOKS CRIMINALS RACKETEERS
BEGGARS and TRAMPS
THE COMMERCIAL UNDERWORLD
Etc. etc. It was first published in 1949. And it's got criminal speak from the 1600s on. I couldn't believe my good luck finding it. Now I'll be able to give a perfect slang to my characters who I'm setting in a 1930's era steampunkesque world. Augh! I'm so excited to pore over these pages! Holy moly!