Bartleby.com (see the March 24, 2000 Scout Report
) has recently placed this new work online. It is E. Cobham Brewer's 1898 Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,
a collection of more than 18,000 entries "that reveal the etymologies, trace the origins and otherwise catalog 'words with a tale to tell.'" The entries can be browsed alphabetically or searched by keyword.