International Bibliography of New and Reprinted Proverb Collections, 1999

As we are getting ever closer to the year 2000, paremiographers continue to be busy in putting together various types of proverb collections. As can be seen from this year’s bibliography of 138 items, there is still a considerable interest in publishing popular proverb collections for the general market. People everywhere seem to appreciate small and usually illustrated collections as enjoyable and readable treasure troves of traditional wisdom. In fact, it is difficult to keep up with such publications since they are often produced by smaller companies without national or international distribution. While these books of about hundred pages or less have a considerable popular appeal, they usually ignore the extant scholarship on proverbs. But that does not mean that proverb scholars should not pay any attention to these collections. They are doing as much as the voluminous scholarly collections to spread folk wisdom among general readers, tourists, etc., and they do so at relatively low prices and in attractive layouts. We must not forget that these smaller books are produced and disseminated in much greater numbers than major paremiographical works.

Much is also happening on the serious paremiographical scene. I can’t mention all the exciting publications here, but I do want to draw attention to the fact Samuel Singer’s truly invaluable Thesaurus proverbiorum medii aevi. Lexikon der Sprichwörter des romanisch-germanischen Mittelalters (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, edited by Ricarda Liver et al., has now reached volume six out of nine volumes planned. Emanuel Strauss has shortened his gargantuan Dictionary of European Proverbs, 3 vols. (London: Routledge, 1994) into a welcome one-volume Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs (London: Routledge, 1998). The collections by Ahmad Abrishami, Georgi L. Kapchits, Yoshikatsu Kitamura and Katsuaki Takeda, Jonathan Lighter, Peter Mertvago, Kofi Asare Opoku, Jürgen Petermann et al., Zuzana Profantová, Nigel Rees, John Marks Templeton, Gregory Y. Titelman, and others are all very valuable resources. But there are many other exciting proverb collections from around the world listed in this bibliography, notably also from Africa and Eastern Europe.

As usual, I would like to thank all of those colleagues and friends who have provided me with bibliographical information during this past year, notably Gyula Paczolay (Veszprém), Helmut Walther (Wiesbaden), and Fionnuala Williams (Belfast). Please keep sending me the information concerning new collections, and if possible, the actual publication itself (I will be glad to pay for them). Also keep in mind that we can mail out about 300 flyers advertising any new proverb collection when we distribute the annual Proverbium. This is a free service to all proverb scholars. In any case, many thanks for all your help in making this annual bibliography once again as complete as possible.
1. Abrishami, Ahmad. A Modern Dictionary of Persian Proverbs Prevalent in Kerman (A Province of Iran). Tehran: Zivar Publications, 1998. 316 pp. (in Persian).

2. Albu, Iuliu M. Picaturi de întelepciune. Culegere de aforisme, cugetari, proverbe. Timisoara: Editura Eurobit, 1997. 189 pp.

3. Amgart, O. (ed.). The Proverbs of Alfred. An Amended Text. Lund: Gleerup, 1978. 30 pp.

4. Ammer, Christine. Southpaws & Sunday Punches and Other Sporting Expressions. New York: Plume, 1993. 262 pp.

5. Anonymous (The Editors at Hippocrene Books). Scottish Proverbs. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1998. 111 pp.

6. Anonymous (The Editors at Hippocrene Books). Treasury of Love Proverbs from Many Lands. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1998. 119 pp.

7. Aquilina, Joseph. Maltese Meteorological and Agricultural Proverbs. Malta: Malta University Press, 1961. 80 pp.

8. Archer, Fred. Country Sayings. Wolfeboro Falls, New York: A. Sutton, 1991. 105 pp.

9. Arnander, Primrose, and Ashkhain Skipwith (eds.). The Son of a Duck is a Floater and Other Arab Sayings with English Equivalents. London: Stacey International, 1985. 90 pp.

10. Ayers, Edward L. (ed.). “A House Divided…”: A Century of Great Civil War Quotations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997. 258 pp.

11. Bailey, Karen (illustrator). The Pick of Irish Proverbs. Belfast: Appletree Press, 1996. 48 pp. New shortened edition of Karen Bailey (illustrator), Irish Proverbs. Belfast: Appletree Press, 1986. 60 pp.

12. Barwick, Dee Danner. Great Words of Our Time: Memorable Thoughts of Famous Men and Women of the 20th Century. Kansas City, Missouri: Hallmark Cards, 1970. 62 pp.

13. Beier, Brigitte, Matthias Herkt, Bernhard Pollmann, and Barbara Pietsch. Harenberg Lexikon der Sprichwörter & Zitate. Dortmund: Harenberg, 1997. 1600 pp.

14. Beken, Alain van der. Proverbes yaka du Zaire. Paris: Karthala, 1993. 351 pp.

15. Bentolila, Fernand. Proverbes berbères, bilangue français-berbère. Paris: L’Harmattan, 1993. 178 pp.

16. Berger, István. “Szarajevói ladino közmondások, szólások és magyar megfelel_ik [Hungarian Translations and Equivalents of Ladino Proverbs from Saraievo].” MIOK Evkönyv, no volume given (1977-1978), 49-55.

17. Bertram, Anne, and Richard A. Spears. Dictionary of Folksay, Regional, and Rural Sayings. Lincolnwood, Illinois: National Textbook Company, 1996. 381 pp.

18. Boritt, Gabor S. (ed.). Of the People, by the People, for the People, and Other Quotations by Abraham Lincoln. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996. 162 pp.

19. Bratu, Ion. Sfaturi bune pentru toti sau carticica cu proverbe. Bucuresti: Editura Teopa, 1996. 64 pp.

20. Braun, Hermann. Neks vöi Sprüch: 1313 Sprichwörter und sprichwörtliche Redensarten dem Spruchbeutel der Sachsämter, Stift- und Egerländer entnommen. Markredwitz: Volksschule der Stadt, 1982. 160 pp.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio – Issue 9:1999 & Issue 10:1999, an electronic book, available from and other leading Internet booksellers.

121. Steuck, Udo. One Thousand and More Animal Proverbs. London: Minerva Press, 1997. 135 pp.

122. Strauss, Emanuel. Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs. London: Routledge, 1998. 491 pp.

123. Strutz, Henry. German Idioms. Hauppauge, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1996. 326 pp.

124. Tange, Ernst Günter. Lexikon der boshaften Zitate. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 1997. 588 pp.

125. Templeton, John Marks. Golden Nuggets. Radnor, Pennsylvania: Templeton Foundation Press, 1997. 86 pp.

126. Templeton, John Marks. Worldwide Laws of Life. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 1997. 502 pp.

127. Titelman, Gregory Y. Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings: Over 1,500 Proverbs and Sayings with 10,000 Illustrative Citations. New York: Random House, 1996. 468 pp. Rpt. with the title Popular Proverbs and Sayings: An A-Z Dictionary of over 1,500 Proverbs and Sayings, with 10,000 Illustrative Citations. New York: Gramercy Books, 1997. 468 pp.

128. Ujváry, Zoltán. Egy földmüves / L_kös János / szólásai és közmondásai (The Proverbs of a Peasant – János L_kös). Debrecen: Kossuth Lajos Pudományegyetem Néprajzi Tanszéke, 1996. 450 pp.

129. Virtaranta, Pertti. Karjalaisia sananlaskuja ja arvoituksia. Helsinki: Helsingin Yliopisto, 1976. 130 pp.

130. Volpini, Carlo. 516 proverbi sul cavallo. Milano: Gisalpino Goliardica, 1984. 172 pp.

131. Washington, Harold C. Wealth and Poverty in the Instructions of Amenemope and Hebrew Proverbs. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1994. 242 pp.

132. Watkins, Dana. The Idiom Advantage: Fluency in Speaking and Listening. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1995. 241 pp.

133. Wertheimer, Hans Stefan. Spruch and Widerspruch: Zitate und “Gegenzitate” thematisch geordnet. Thun: Ott Verlag, 1994. 166 pp.

134. Wertheimer, Hans Stefan. Lexikon der heiteren Weisheiten. Thun: Ott Verlag, 1996. 2nd ed. 1997. 361 pp.

135. Zátureck¦, Adolf Petr. Slovenské príslovia a porekadlá. V¦ber zo zbierky. Praze: _eská Akademie Cisa_e, 1896. 389 pp. Eds. Josef Mlacek and Zuzana Profantová. 2 vols. Bratislava: Nestor, 1996. I, 320 pp., II, 319 pp.

136. Zimin, V., and A.S. Spirin. Poslovitsy i pogovorki russkago naroda: Ob’iasnitel’nyi slovar’. Moskva: Siuita, 1996. 542 pp.

137. Zona, Guy A. “The Soul Would Have no Rainbow, if the Eyes Had no Tears” – and Other Native American Proverbs. New York: Touchstone Books, 1994. 128 pp.

138. Zwilling, M.J. Sprichwörter und sprichwörtliche Redensarten. Russisch-deutsches und deutsch-russisches Wörterbuch. Hamburg: Igor Jourist Verlag, 1997. 247 pp.

Wolfgang Mieder
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