E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Glaucus Swop (A).
A one-sided bargain. Alluding to the exchange of armour between Glaucos and Diomedes. As the armour of the Lycian was of gold, and that of the Greek of brass, it was like bartering precious stones for French paste. Moses, in Goldsmiths Vicar of Wakefield, made a Glaucus swop with the spectacle-seller.