eBook 7

John Gay's Trivia newly edited from Lintot's 1730 edition.

6 colour illustrations by George Cruikshank, including 'The art of walking the streets of London' (1813) and 'Monstrosities of 1822' (1822).

Gay's own index and footnotes PLUS a new Trivial Index compiled with the Modern Reader in mind. The two indices are reproduced below, a map before the territory.

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T R I V I A :

INDEX by John Gay

Asses, their arrogance, ii 13
AUTHOR, for whom he wrote the Poem, i 119
Ariadne's clue, ii 83
Alley, the pleasure of walking in one, ii 271
Almanacs, useless to judicious Walkers, ii 406
Arundel-street, ii 484
Autumn, what cries then in use, ii 434
Author, his wish, ii 587
Alley, not to be walked in by night, iii 127
Bavaroy, by whom worn, i 53
Brokers keep coaches, i 117
Bookseller, skilled in the weather, i 161
Baker, to whom prejudicial, ii 30
Barber, by whom to be shunned, i 28
Bully, his insolence to be corrected, ii 59
Butchers to be avoided, ii 43
Broker, where he usually walks, ii 277
Burlington-house, ii 494
Beau's chariot overturned, ii 523
Bills dispersed to Walkers, ii 538
Ballad-singers, iii 77
Country, the Author's love of his, i 21
Civic crown, i 20
Cane, the convenience of one, i 61
–––– the abuse of it, i 75
–––– an amber-headed one useless, i 67
Camlet, how affected by rain, i 46
Coat, how to choose one for the winter, i 41
Coachman asleep on his box, what the sign, i 153
Chairs and chariots prejudicial to health, i 69
Chairmen, an observation upon them, i 154
Church monuments foretell the weather, i 167
Common sewers, i 171
Cold, the description of one, i 267
Clergy, what tradesmen to avoid, ii 25
Chimney-sweeper, by whom to be avoided, ii 33
Chandlers prejudicial to Walkers, ii 40
Civility to be paid to Walkers, ii 45
Coachman, his metamorphosis, ii 241
Carmen when unmerciful, their punishment ibid.
Cheapside, ii 244
Cheese not lov'd by the Author, ii 254
Countryman perplexed to find the way, ii 73
Coachman, his whip dangerous, ii 310
Coaches dangerous in snowy weather, ii 327
–––– his care of his horses, ii 311
Chairmen, their exercise in frosty weather, ii 335
Cries of the Town, observations upon them, ii 426
Covent-garden, ii 343, 547
Christmas, what cries forerun it, ii 438
–––– a season for general charity, ii 444
Coaches, those that keep them uncharitable, ii 451
Cloacina, goddess of common-sewers, ii 115
Christmas-box, ii 185
Charing-cross, ii 214
Charity most practised by Walkers, ii 454
–––– not to be delayed, ii 458
–––– where given with judgment, ii 456
Chairs, the danger of them, ii 513
Coaches, attended with ill accidents, ii 511
–––– kept by coxcombs and pimps, ii 577
–––– despised by Walkers, ii 570
Colliers' carts, iii 25
Clement's-church, the pass of it described, iii 18
Coachmen, a fight of them ibid.
Coaches, a stop of them described, iii 35
Crowd parted by a coach, iii 83
Cellar, the misfortune of falling into one, iii 121
Chairmen, law concerning them, iii 153
Coachmen despise dirty shoes, iii 165
–––– their poles dangerous, iii 161
Coaches, a man surrounded by them, iii 177
Constable, his consideration, iii 315
Coach fallen into a hole described, iii 335
Critics, their fate, iii 413
D' Oily stuffs, useless in winter, i 43
Dress, propriety therein to be observed, i 129
Drugget-silk, improper in cold weather, i 44
Drummers improper at a wedding, ii 17
Dustman, to whom offensive, ii 37
Drays, when not to be walked behind, ii 288
Doll, a melancholy story of her death, ii 382
Dustman spiteful to gilded chariots, ii 527
Drury-lane dangerous to virtue, iii 259
Eddystone light-house, iii 345
Evening described, iii 9
Freeze, its defects, i 45
Footman, his prudence in rainy weather, i 127
Fair-weather, signs of it, i 143
Fop, the description of one walking, ii 53
Farrier's shop, a description of one, i 251
–––– the ill consequence of passing too near one, ii 57
Female guides not to be made use of, ii 87
Foot-ball described, ii 347
Frost, an episode of the great one, ii 357
Fishmonger, the description of his stall, ii 414
Fair, one kept on the Thames, ii 369
Friday, how to know it, ii 416
Friend, the Author walks with one, ii 276
–––– rules to walk with one, iii 87
Fox, like a pickpocket, iii 67
Footman, very arrogant, iii 157
Funeral, the Walker's contemplation on one, iii 225
Fleet-ditch, iii 189
Fireman, his virtue, iii 362
Fire, the description of one, iii 353
Fire-engines, iii 369
Father, the happiness of a child who knows his own, ii 177
Female Walkers, what necessary for them, i 209
Glazier, his skill at foot-ball, ii 355
Gamester, his chariot described, i 115
Guinea-droppers, iii 249
Health acquired by walking, i 69
Holland, the streets of that country described, i 87
Hawker, at what time he cries news, ii 21
Hosiers' poles, what observed by them, i 165
Hands, their use, iii 241
Horses, like Parthians, ii 294
House blown up, the description of it, iii 381
Holborn-hill, ii 174
Invention of pattens, i 219
Industry not exempt from death, ii 389
Jugglers to be avoided, ii 285
James, St. its market, iii 546
June, what cry denotes that month, ii 432
Knocker of a door, an observation on one, ii 467
Catherine, or Katherine-street, iii 260
London, its happiness, before the invention of coaches and chairs, i 101
Ladies walking the streets, i 105
–––– in the park, what they betoken, i 145
–––– dress, neither by reason nor instinct, i 149
Letchers, old, where they frequent, ii 280
Leadenhall-market, ii 546
Lintot, Mr. advice to him, ii 565
Lawyer passing the street in a coach, ii 579
Labourers returned from work, iii 13
Lincoln's-Inn Fields, iii 133
Linkman, where not to be trusted, iii 139
Luxury, a reflection on it, iii 195
Legs, their use, iii 241
Lantern, what it shows in the middle of the street, iii 335
Ludgate-hill, ii 292
Martha, a milkmaid of Lincolnshire, i 227
Morning, then what first to be considered, i 121
Morning described, ii 7
Milford-lane, ii 25
Meuse, jugglers often ply there about to inveigle Walkers to play, ii 287
Milkmaid of the City unlike a rural one, ii 11
Mercy recommended to coachmen and carmen, ii 237
Masons, dangerous to pass where at work, ii 266
Modesty not to be offended, ii 298
Monday, by what observations to know it, ii 408
Miser, his manner of charity, ii 462
Moor-fields, ii 548
Monmouth-street, ibid.
Mobs to be avoided, iii 51
Mohocks, a set of modern rakes, iii 326
Matrons put in hogsheads, iii 331
Naples, the streets of that city, i 93
Newgate-market, ii 544
Nose, its use, iii 245
Nisus and Euryalus, iii 97
Nicker, his art, iii 323
Naples, its fate, iii 387
Oysters, at what time first cried, i 28
Old woman, an observation upon one, i 139
Observations on the looks of Walkers, ii 274
Ox roasted on the Thames, ii 368
Orpheus, his death, ii 394
Overton the printseller, ii 489
Oyster-wench, i 185
Oyster, the courage of him that first ate one, iii 195
Oedipus, iii 215
Pavers, their duty, i 11
Paris, the streets of that city, i 85
Poor, their murmurs, what the sign of, i 178
Paul, St. his festival, i 176
Precepts, what the consequence, if neglected, i 189
Pattens, a female implement, i 212
Patten, its derivation, i 282
Presents better than flattery, i 280
Perfumer, by whom to be avoided, ii 29
Porter, sworn, useful to Walkers, ii 65
Prentices not to be relied on, ii 69
Post, when to walk on the outside of it, ii 98
Pillory not to be gazed upon, ii 225
Pall-Mall celebrated, ii 257
Pythagoras, his doctrine, ii 237
Petticoat, its use in bad weather, ii 304
Pavers, a signal for coaches to avoid them, ii 306
Pattens inconvenient in snowy weather, ii 324
Periwigs, how stolen off the head, iii 55
Phaeton, a beau compared to him, ii 535
Pickpocket, his art and misfortunes, iii 59
Paint, how to be avoided, i, 337
Playhouse, a caution when you lead a lady out of it, iii 255
Quarrels for the wall to be avoided, iii 213
Quarrels, sham ones dangerous, iii 251
Ridinghood, its use, i 209
Rome, the streets of it, i 94
Rain, signs of it, i 157
Rakes, how they avoid a dun, ii 282
Raphael Urbin, ii 487
Rakes, their time of walking, iii 321
Regulus, his death, iii 330
Reader, the Author addresses him, iii 393
Scavengers, their duty, i 15
Stage-coaches, an observation upon them, i 25
Shoe-cleaning boys, the time of their first appearance, i 23
Shoes, when to provide them, i 29
–––– what sort improper for Walkers, i 33
–––– what proper for dancers, i 30
–––– what most proper for Walkers, ibid.
Surtout kersey, its description, i 55
Shower, a man in one described, i 191
Shins, what they betoken when scorched, i 137
Signs, creaking, what they betoken, i 157
Superstition to be avoided, i 175
Swithin, St. his festival, i 183
Smallcoal-man, by whom to be avoided, ii 35
Summer, foreign to the Author's design, ii 315
Seven-dials of St. Giles's parish described, ii 80
Signs, the use of them, ii 67
Stockings, how to prevent their being spattered, ii 91
Streets, narrow ones to be avoided, ii 247
Snowy weather, ii 320
Shoes, how to free them from snow, ii 325
Snow-balls, coachmen pelted with them, ii 329
Schoolboys, mischievous in frosty weather, ii 331
Sempstress, the description of her in a frosty morning, ii 337
Saturday, by what observations to know it, ii 422
Spring, the cries then in use, ii 428
Streets formerly noblemen's houses, ii 491
Sempstress, advice to her, ii 341
Swords, silver, lure thieves, iii 53
Street, how to cross it, iii 165
Scylla and Charybdis, iii 183
Street, where to cross it by night, iii 185
Shoe-cleaning boy, his birth, ii 135
–––– his lamentation, ii 177
–––– his happiness, ii 145
–––– without father or mother, ii 181
Scourers, a set of rakes, iii 325
Snow-hill, iii 330
Trivia, the goddess of streets and highways, invoked, i 5
Trades prejudicial to walkers, ii 25
Tradesmen, in what to be trusted, ii 71
Theseus in the labyrinth of Crete, ii 83
Thames-street, ii 244
Trades offensive to the smell, ii 246
Tea-drinkers, a necessary caution to them, ii 296
Thames, coaches driven over it, ii 365
Thaw, the description of one, ii 400
Thursday, by what observations to know it, ii 408
Titian, ii 486
Trivia invoked as Cynthia, iii 1
Turnstiles, iii 107
Tragedies, their fate, iii 414
Umbrella, its use, i 211
Upholder, where he frequents, ii 470
Vulcan in love with a milkmaid, i 241
–––– advice to him, i 245
–––– the inventor of hobnails and sparables, i 263
Venice, the streets of it, i 97
Vaults, an observation upon them, i 172
Winter, the beginning of it described, i 2
Weather, signs of cold, i 133
–––– signs of rainy, i 157
–––– signs of fair, i 142
Wig compared to Alecto's snakes, i 202
–––– to Glaucus's beard, i 205
–––– what to be worn in a mist, i 125
Witney broadcloth proper for horsemen, i 47
Winds whistling, what they foretell, i 169
Waterman, judicious in the weather, i 163
Wall, to whom to be given, ii 45
–––– to whom to be deny, ii 59
Way, of whom to be inquired, ii 65
Watling-street, ii 247
Wits, a caution to them, ii 296
Walkers, inadvertent, to what misfortunes liable, ii 285
Waterman, his dominion invaded, ii 361
Walker, distressed by a foot-ball, ii 347
Wednesday, how to know it, ii 416
Walkers, their happiness, ii 502
–––– free from diseases, ii 506
Water, the danger of being upon it, ii 515
Women, the ill consequence of gazing on them, iii 101
Walking advantageous to learning, ii 551
Wheelbarrows, how they prejudice Walkers, iii 107
Whore, how to know one, iii 267
Watchmen, the method of treating with them, iii 307
–––– their signal to their fellows, iii 311
–––– what to do if taken by them, iii 313
Wall, when to keep it, iii 205
Whores, the streets where they ply, iii 259
Yeoman, a dreadful story of one, iii 285

T R I V I A L    I N D E X :

Newly compiled by Ben Borek and Edmund Hardy

           dark, ii 133
           maze-like, ii 80, iii 260
           narrow, ii 81, 230
           winding, i 8, iii 292
Anemographia, i 170
Bacon, mildewed, ii 560
Belgium, i 87
Boars, ii 158, iii 45
Boors, see Uncouth Persons
Brokers, i 117, ii 277
           by-passing it, ii 258
           where to find it, ii 254, ii 547
Cloacina, ii 115, ii 124
           in turnip headdress, ii 196
Cloaks, i 54
           blackening, ii 400
           bursting, i 131
           draining themselves (for forty days), i 185
           of Ash, ii 58
           of powder, ii 58
           of smoke, ii 164
           ungoverned, i 188
           warm, rain-laden, Belgian, i 89
           worn as vests, iii 10
Coats, choosing appropriately, i 41
Crouds, see Crowds
           attracted by fire, iii 361
           bustling, iii 385
           gaping, ii 221
           jostling, i 2
           of chairmen, i 155
           of foot-ball furies, ii 349-356
           of lovers, iii 230
           of road-crossers, iii 27
           of vicious walkers, i 80
           retiring, iii 381
           crying “oysters!” i 28
           dexterous, mopping, ii 423
           dexterous, with knife, iii 3
           draggled, ii 9
           on knees, i 229
Dead, the, what they don't know, iii 233
Diacope, iii 27
Dice, ii 374
Drury Lane, see Lanes
Dustmen, ii 529
Eccho, iii 136
Epizeuxis, iii 35, 123
Equipage, i 114, ii 575
Embraces, lewd, and what they may betray, iii 576
Faciality, ii 275-80, iii 22, 102
           flattened, iii 304
           overflowed by a forceful egg, ii 226
Feet, miry, ii 154
Fleet Street, see Streets
Fool, in flames, iii 581
Foot-ball, in the street, ii 348
Fops, winter-wear, i 53
Gondolas, i 98
Gout, burning, what noise it occasions, ii 510
Handel, transporting thrills of, ii 497-8
           broad, ii 60
           fanciful, i 20
           flapping, i 128
           unlooped, i 195
Hockley-hole, ii 410
Holborn, ii 175
Horses, see Steeds
Joys, panting in expectant bosoms, ii 129
Kennels, i 15, 159, 170, ii 320, 524
           Drury, ii, 282
           perplexing, i 10 (see also perplexity)
           miry, i 239
           remote, i 251
           safe from Spanish Jealousies and Roman Vengeance, iii, 146-9
           steep, iii 25
Laurel, ii 442, and Hardy, iii 171
Legs, disjointed, ii 522
Lintot, appeal to, ii 565
Lungs, i 14
           boastful, i 269
           false, ii 570
           Covent-garden, ii 434, 547
           Leaden-hall, ii 546
           Moor-fields, ii 548
           Newgate, ii 544
           St. James's, ii 546
Mobs, iii 51
           in shoal formation, iii 84
           best of it, ii 7
           cries, i 121
           gray-eyed, i 233
Nettles, fresh shoots sold in the street, ii 430
Nodding, i 63
           red-tipped, ii 337
           when double nostrils admit a warning, iii 245
Oily, things which are:
           hand, ii 102
           Neptune's vase, ii 162
           Hogsheads, ii 252
           midnight wasted by scholars, ii 558
           rays, iii 143
           sleeve, heedless, iii 239
           umbrellas, iii 213
           woes, iii 245
           athwart, iii 88
           broad, ii 244
           covered with atoms, ii 317
           enlighten’d, iii 361
           flowing with a state of thaw, ii 404
           heapy with rubbish, iii 336
           slabby, ii 92, 532
           sloping, i 91
           sounding board, playing the role of, iii 29
           washed by natural and incessant means, i 186
           wounding, iii 20
Paris, i 85
Perplexity, i 10
Petticoats, i 106, ii 306, iii 271
Plutarch, in tatters, ii 559
Rape of the Lock, The, that fam'd poem, ii 563
Rhet’rick, iii 318
Roads, ethereal, iii 2
Ruinology, i 27
Scholastic groans, ii 553
Shoe-cleaning, ii 156
Shoe-cleaning songs, i 24, ii 101, 216
           accidents involving, iii 123
           clean, ii 499
           materials not to be made of, i 30
           dirty, ii 161
           disdainful, i 111
           miry, ii 208
           modish, i 39
           for horses, i 256-63
           red-heeled, ii 56
           shining, ii 102
           spattered, contemptuous, iii 168
           surrounded by headless nails, i 263
           thin, i 156
           too wide, i 35
           too wide, injuries to be expected if, i 37
           wooden, i 86
Shuttle-cocks, ii 340
Slaughter, iii 33
Sleep and its enemies, iii 321-2
Snowballs, ii 329
           collier’s, iii 25
           stiff, i 26
           straining, ii 231
           Hackney Horse, ii 240
           foreheads, ii 314
           generous, victimised, ii 234
           harnessed, iii 351, and deserting, ii 363
           prancing, ii 528
           snorting, iii 343
           (see also Horses)
“Stop Thief!”, iii 66
           aflame (with gaudiness), i 114
           Arundell’s, ii 483
           ashy, ii 38
           blocked by coaches, iii 165
           bloody, Roman, i 96
           branching, ii 214
           busy, dark and/or cloudy, ii 11
           busy, very, iii 30
           crossed with twine, ii 309
           defended by posts, iii 156
           dirty, flanked by pavement, iii 188 (see Pavement)
           Fleet, ii, 246, iii 415
           flooded, i 91
           as football pitches, ii 354 (see Foot-ball)
           happy, Augustan, i 99
           Katherine Street, iii 262
           long, Thameside, ii 651
           Monmouth Street, iii 448
           muddy, dangerous, i 194
           narrow, ii 230, 481
           publick, well-lit, iii 143
           quiet, unmolested by passengers, ii 8
           resounding (with cries), ii 24
           ringing, ii 427
           Seven Dials, ii 75
           shunned, if traversed in a Chair, ii 513
           slumbering, iii 354
           smooth, Neapolitan, i 93
           snowy, mantled in flaky sheets, ii 322
           spacious, i 6
           Strand, the, ii 479, iii 18, 262
           Thames-Street, ii 547
           Theban, iii 224
           unknown, ii 65
           Watling Street, ii 243
           winding, ii 81
           wintry, i 1
           green, ii 334
           stained, iii 120
           tied to poles, i 165
Squirts, ii 564
Sulphur, i 136
           hoary, ii 359
           hidden by streets, ii 369
           swollen, muddy, i 160
           Thames Street, see Streets
           traversed in a leaky boat, ii 512
           undulating and plenteous, ii 402
Theseus, ii 83
Thongs, whirling, iii 37
Throngs, rude, iii 87
Trivia, i 5, iii 1
Turnips, ii 224
           worn as headdresses (see Cloacina)
Umbrellas, i 211-13
Uncouth Persons being taught to skate, i 88
Velvet, iii 579
Venice, i 97
Weekdays, how to tell which one it is, ii 411-24
Wiggs, flaxen, iii 55
Windows, when are they a threat to head?, iii 12

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