Antedating of "Guillotine"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 28 00:39:02 UTC 2005

On Tue, 27 Dec 2005, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> 1790? And the first person executed by guillotine was 1792??

Thanks for pointing this out.  The citation I posted, as well as other
pre-1792 hits in Eighteenth Century Collections Online, must be

Fred Shapiro

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