The English Language
in which the whole language is arranged
according to its terminations
Originally published in 1775 by John Walker
, Walker's Rhyming Dictionary
was never really intended as a dictionary of rhymes. Walker intended it as a pronunciation
guide for provincials and foreigners. It was a companion piece to his earlier work, "The Critical Pronouncing Dictionary"
Walker's was not the first rhyming dictionary. In 1570 Peter Levens' produced Manipulus Vocabulorum , but Levens' dictionary was interlingual (latin and english). Walker's became a favorite of writers and poets. Simon Fanshawe regards Walker's Rhyming Dictionary as one of the five great English reference books.