Since Erasmus published his proverbial locutions from Latin authors, attempts have been made in several countries to compile comparative collections of proverbs of various nations. Not only useful but also interesting reading, this present collection comprises a fascinating collection of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian proverbs. Forty-eight topical sections contain 1,100 proverbs and proverbial phrases, and a Latin appendix is also provided. Where there are two or more variants to a certain proverb in one or more of the other languages, only one variant in each language is included, the closest equivalent having been selected. In some cases, however, two variants are given in some languages. Where there are variants in all six languages they are given as separate entries. Proverbs from the Bible and entries taken from Shakespeare's works are marked as such.
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology