International Bibliography of New and Reprinted Proverb Collections, 2000

Collections of proverbs, proverbial expressions, idioms, and slurs continue to appear around the world. The 87 titles of this annual bibliography show that scholarly as well as popular collections abound in most languages. It must, however, be stated that many collections are indeed intended primarily for the general reader. Most of them lack scholarly annotations by skilled paremiographers and lexicographers. But there are numerous exceptions, as can be seen from titles that contain several hundred pages. There are also once again a number of bilingual collections of phrases and idioms that are of much use for translators. Of particular value to paremiographers are quite naturally those collections that are based on historical and/or comparative materials. Much still needs to be done in this area, and it behooves scholars from such varied fields as paremiography, lexicography, and cultural history to work together on major proverb collections of this type. A most impressive example of this type of work is the massive Wörterbuch der Redensarten zu der von Karl Kraus 1899 bis 1936 herausgegebenen Zeitschrift “Die Fackel”, ed. Werner Welzig (Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1999) with its 1055 pages.

As has always been the case with these annual bibliographies, I wish to thank those colleagues and friends who have mailed their published collections to me. Much thanks is also due in particular Timothy C. Nelson (Davos), Gyula Paczolay (Veszprém), Helmut Walther (Wiesbaden) and Fionnuala Williams (Belfast) for supplying me with invaluable bibliographical information. But let me ask once again that paremiographers send me their publications so that I can register them properly in these updated bibliographies and add them to my ever-growing international proverb archive. If you cannot provide your collection or dictionary as donations, I will be more than happy to purchase them. Also please remember that we can mail out about 300 flyers advertising any new paremiographical publication when we send the annual Proverbium volume to scholars throughout the world. This service is free of charge and will do much to let people know about the newest proverb collections.

1. Adeleye, Gabriel G., and Kofi Acquah-Dadzie. World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions. Wauconda, Wisconsin: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1999. 411 pp.

2. Adler, Bill (ed.). The Uncommon Wisdom of Ronald Reagan: A Portrait in His Own Words. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996. 166 pp.

3. Alibert, Louis. Proverbes de l’Aude, classés et mis en orthographe occitane. Andouque, France: Vent Terral, 1998. 250 pp.

4. Alsleben, Brigitte. Flotte Sprüche & geflügelte Worte: Geschichten und Anekdoten rund um Zitate, Sprichwörter und Redensarten. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 1998. 256 pp.

5. Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel. Proverbios mexicanos. Ed. Andrés Henestrosa. México, D.F., México: Miguel Angel Porrúa, 1997. 97 pp.

6. Ammer, Christine. The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997. 729 pp.

7. Bahar, Hadi. Human Body in Persian Proverbs. Rockville, Maryland: International Travelers’ Clinic, 1991. (in Persian). 392 pp.

8. Bahar, Hadi. The Book of Heart: “Heart” in Persian Proverbs, Aphorisms, Epigrams and Colloquial Expressions. Rockville, Maryland: International Travelers’ Clinic, 1997. (in Persian). 444 pp.

9. Beal, George. Fun with English Proverbs. Illustrated by Peter Stevenson. London: Chambers, 1995. 32 pp.

10. Bender, Texas Bix. Don’t Squat with Yer Spurs on! A Cowboy’s Guide to Life. Salt Lake City, Utah: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992. 138 pp.

11. Bender, Texas Bix. Don’t Squat with Yer Spurs on! II. Salt Lake City, Utah: Peregrine Smith Books, 1997. 128 pp.

12. Bühler, Winfried (ed.). Zenobii Athoi proverbia. Volumen quartum, libri secundi proverbia 1-40 complexum. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1982. 349 pp.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio – Issue 11:2000 & Issue 12:2000, an electronic book, available from and other leading Internet booksellers.

75. Sybertz, Donald, and Joseph G. Healey (eds.). Kugundua Mbegu za Injili: Kitabu ch Pili. Hekima ya Kisukuma na Lugha Mbalimbali juu ya Familia. Peramiho, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications Ndanda, 1993. (2nd ed. 1999). 124 pp.

76. Tendlau, Abraham Moses. Sprichwörter und Redensarten deutsch-jüdischer Vorzeit. Frankfurt am Main: J. Kauffmann, 1860. Rpt. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1980. 425 pp. Rpt. again with the title: Jüdische Sprichwörter und Redensarten. Köln: Parkland, 1998. 666 pp.

77. Thomsett, Michael C. A Treasury of Business Quotations. New York: Ballantine Books, 1990. 211 pp.

78. Tuleja, Tad. Book of Popular Americana. New York: Macmillan, 1994. 451 pp.

79. Vapordshiev, Vesselin. Das Phraseolexikon der deutschen Gegenwartssprache. Sofia: Jusautor, 1992. 176 pp.

80. Vapordshiev, Vesselin. Deutsch-bulgarisches phraseologisches Wörterbuch der Kategorie “Gegenständlichkeit”. Sofia: Verlag BDV, 1996. 28 pp.

81. Vapordshiev, Vesselin, and Elena Micri. Recnik na nemskite idiomi. Sofia: Nauka i Izkustwo, 1993. 211 pp.

82. Vasil’kov, Ya. V., and N.V. Gurov (eds.). Poslovitsy i pogovorki Severnoi Indii. St. Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Petersburgskoe Vostokovedenie, 1998. 384 pp.

83. Vö_, Gabriella. Szaván fogjuk. Erdélyi magyar szólások. [You Are Taken by Your Word. Hungarian Sayings from Transylvania]. Székelyudvarhely: Erdélyi Gondolat Könyvkiadó, 1999. 372 pp.

84. Waibel, Max. Walser Weisheiten: Sprichwörter und Redensarten. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1998. 215 pp.

85. Walter, Elizabeth et al. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 587 pp.

86. Welzig, Werner (ed.). Wörterbuch der Redensarten zu der von Karl Kraus 1899 bis 1936 herausgegebenen Zeitschrift “Die Fackel”. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1999. 1055 pp.

87. Zona, Guy A. (ed.). “Eyes that See Do not Grow Old”: The Proverbs of Mexico, Central and South America. New York: Touchstone Book, 127 pp.

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