International Proverb Scholarship: An Updated Bibliography, 1995

ISSN 1323-4633
Volume 1 – Number 1 – 1995


The steady publication of proverb collections continues to be quite impressive. As has been the case in my previous annual bibliographies, this one once again includes 100 major paremiographical works as well as minor popular proverb collections. A number of valuable regional, national, and international collections based on historical principles have been published. They will certainly be of significant use to serious paremiographers dealing with the proverbs of a particular language or group of people. In the long run such scholarly collections will also play their role in furthering the international and comparative study of proverbs. While popular collections might not be of much use to the serious scholar, it must be kept in mind that they indicate that publishers and general readers alike appear to be interested in folk wisdom. The fact that such books are produced at all and that they are in fact sold in relatively large numbers is a clear sign that proverbs are enjoying a considerable popularity for the casual reader and the person interersted in traditional wisdom.

As in previous years, I once again benefitted from the help of various colleagues and friends, notably Arvo Krikmann (Tartu), Gyula Paczolay (Veszprém), Stanislaw Predota (Wroclaw), Lutz Röhrich (Freiburg), Katsuaki Takeda (Sapporo), Helmut Walther (Wiesbaden), Fionnuala Williams (Belfast), and Metin Yurtbasi (Ankara). I thank them and others for their continued help and remind everybody to please send me their new proverb collections or to inform me of the necessary bibliographical information. This assistance is essential to make these annual lists as comprehensible and informative as possible.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio – Issue 1:1995, an electronic book, available from and other leading Internet booksellers.

1. Abrishami, Ahmad. A Dictionary of 800 Persian Proverbs with English and French Equivalents. Tehran: Privately printed, 1994. 144 pp.
2. Anonymous. Official CB Dictionary. Latest Terms & Definitions of Citizens Band Jargon. New York: Book Craft-Guild, 1976. 140 pp.
3. Apperson, G.L. English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases: A Historical Dictionary. London: J.M. Dent, 1929. Rpt. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1969. Rpt. as The Wordsworth Dictionary of Proverbs. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1993. 721 pp.
4. Arnander, Primrose, and Ashkhain Skipwith. The Son of a Duck is a Floater and Other Arab Sayings with English Equivalents. Illustrated by Kathryn Lamb. London: Stacey, 1985. 90 pp.
5. Asala, Joanne (ed.). Swedish Proverbs. Iowa City, Iowa: Penfield Press, 1994. 63 pp.
6. Asala, Joanne (ed.). Norwegian Proverbs. Illustrated by J. & G. Nicholls. Iowa City, Iowa: Penfield Press, 1994. 63 pp.
7. Baldwin, Robert, and Ruth Paris. The Book of Similes. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. 149 pp.
8. Baller, Kurt. Abendrot – Gutwetterbot. 1000 Bauern- und Wetterregeln. München: W. Ludwig, 1992. 103 pp.
9. Bayer, Karl. Nota bene! Das lateinische Zitatenlexikon. München: Artemis und Winkler, 1994. 576 pp.
10. Beilenson, Evelyn L., and Ann Tenenbaum. Wit and Wisdom of Famous American Women. Illustrated by Fran Waldmann. White Plains, New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1986. 64 pp.
11. Berteloot, Amand. “Köln in Redensarten aus den Niederlanden und Flandern. “Alt-Köln”: Mitteilungen des Heimatvereins, no. 92 (1994), 16-19.
12. Breatnach, R.A. “[Archibald] Cregeen’s Manx Proverbs and Familiar Phrases.” Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies, 27 (1993), 1-34.
13. Brugger, Hans Peter. Der treffende Vergleich. Eine Sammlung treffsicherer Vergleiche und bildhafter Formulierungen. Thun: Ott Verlag, 1993. 261 pp.
14. Campos, Juana G., and Ana Barella. Diccionario de refranes. Madrid: Espasa Calpe, 1992. 399 pp.
15. Costello, Robert B. (ed.). American Expressions: A Thesaurus of Effective and Colorful Speech. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1981. 172 pp.
16. Dal’, Vladimir Ivanovich. Poslovitsy russkogo naroda sbornik v trekh tomakh. Moskva: “Russkaia Kniga”, 1993. (1st ed. 1862). Vol. 1, 640 pp.; Vol. 2, 704 pp.; Vol. 3, 736 pp.
17. Debon, Günther. Chinesische Weisheit. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam, 1993. 263 pp. “Weisheit im Sprichwort”, pp. 205-234.
18. DesRuisseaux, Pierre. Dictionnaire des expressions québécoises. Québec: Bibliothèque québécoise, 1990. 446 pp.
19. DesRuisseaux, Pierre. Dictionnaire des proverbes québécoises. Montréal: Éditions de l’Hexagone, 1991. 287 pp.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio – Issue 1:1995, an electronic book, available from and other leading Internet booksellers.

1. Fähnrich, Heinz. Ein Wort zur rechten Zeit. Georgische Sprichwörter. Aachen: Verlag Shaker, 1994. 90 pp.
2. Farwell, Harold F., and J. Karl Nicholas (eds.). Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech Based on the Research of Horace Kephart. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1993. 191 pp.
3. Flonta, Teodor. Dictionar Englez-Român de proverbe echivalente. English-Romanian Dictionary of Equivalent Proverbs. Bucuresti: Teopa, 1992. 172 pp.
4. Flonta, Teodor. Dictionar Englez-Francez-Român de proverbe echivalente. English-French-Romanian Dictionary of Equivalent Proverbs. Bucuresti: Teopa, 1992. 304 pp.
5. Flonta, Teodor. Dictionar Englez-Spaniol-Portughez-Român de proverbe echivalente. English-Spanish-Portuguese-Romanian Dictionary of Equivalent Proverbs. Bucuresti: Teopa, 1992. 399 pp.
6. Flonta, Teodor. Dictionar Englez-Italian-Român de proverbe echivalente. English-Italian-Romanian Dictionary of Equivalent Proverbs. Bucuresti: Teopa, 1993. 397 pp.
7. Fraser, Betty. First Things First: An Illustrated Collection of Sayings – Useful and Familiar for Children. Illustrated by Betty Fraser. New York: Harper & Row, 1990. 32 pp.
8. Gaugler, Almut (ed). Sprichwörter und Volksweisheiten. Stuttgart: VS Verlagshaus, 1994. 320 pp.
9. Griesbach, Heinz, and Gudrun Uhlig. Mit anderen Worten: Deutsche Idiomatik; Redensarten und Redeweisen. München: Iudicium, 1993. 123 pp.
10. Herzog, Annelies, Arthur Michel, and Herbert Riedel. Idiomatische Redewendungen von A – Z. Ein Übungsbuch für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene. Leipzig: Langenscheidt – Verlag Enzyklopädie, 1993. 156 pp.
11. Hilgers, Heribert A. “Köln in Redensarten des Bergischen Landes.” Alt-Köln: Mitteilungen des Heimatvereins Alt-Köln, no. 90 (October 1993), pp. 10-13.
12. Hügen, Ludwig. “Watt Hänske neet liert….” (Was Hänschen nicht lernt….) Sprichwörter in niederrheinischer Mundart. Krefeld: Joh. van Acken, 1993. 80 pp.
13. Humes, James C. The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. 234 pp.
14. Inwards, Richard. Weather Lore: A Collection of Proverbs, Sayings, and Rules Concerning the Weather. London: Elliot Stock, 1893. Rpt. London: Senate, 1994. 190 pp.
15. Kerler, Christine and Richard. Warum? Ursprünge von Redensarten und Gewohnheiten. München: Universitas Verlag, 1993. 213 pp.
16. Kirkpatrick, E.M., and C.M. Schwarz (eds.). Dictionary of Idioms. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1982. Singapore: Federal Publications, 1983; rpt. 1989. Rpt. as The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1993. 432 pp.
17. Kitamura, Yoshikatsu. Sekai no Kotowaza (World Proverb Dictionary). Tokyo: Tokyodo, 1987. 420 pp.
18. Knappert, Jan. The A-Z of African Proverbs. London: Karnak House, 1989. 150 pp.
19. Kneen, Maggie. “Too Many Cooks…” and Other Proverbs. Illustrated by Maggie Kneen. New York: Green Tiger Press, 1992. 26 pp.
20. Kuusi, Matti, and Outi Lauhakangas. Maailman sananlaskuviisaus. Helsinki: Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö, 1993. 403 pp.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio – Issue 1:1995, an electronic book, available from and other leading Internet booksellers.

1. Weier, Hans-Ingolf. Luba – Sprichwörter: Übersetzte, erweiterte und überarbeitete Ausgabe einer anonymen Sammlung aus Zaire. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1992. 2 vols., 841 pp.
2. Widdowson, John D.A. “A Checklist of Newfoundland Expressions.” Lore and Language, 2, no. 10 (1979), 33-40.
3. Yurtbasi, Metin. Türkisches Sprichwörterlexikon. Ankara: Bilsev, 1993. 539 pp.
4. Yurtbasi, Metin. Siniflandirilmis Türk Atasözleri: Geleneksel deger yargilarimizi 172 konuda sergileyen, aciklamali 10.000 türk atasözü. 1000 resim. Secme dizin. Ankara: Özdemir Yayincilik, 1994. 377 pp. (student edition).
5. Yurtbasi, Metin. Siniflandirilmis Türk Atasözleri: Geleneksel deger yargilarimizi 172 konuda sergileyen 30.000 türk atasözü. 172 resim. Ankara: Özdemir Yayincilik, 1994. 311 pp.

Wolfgang Mieder
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