My favorite lexicographer, Erin McKean writes in the Boston Globe about a reprint of a slang dictionary from 1699. Look in the title of the original for "Canting Crew."
Go directly to the web-version of the book here at archive.org.
Get a copy of Gary Gygax's book The Canting Crew at Amazon or Noble Knight Games.
And here's something called The Rhymes of the Canting Crew from around 1536.