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In the past year a total of 104 new and reprinted proverb collections have come to my attention, and I present them here as usual as a sign of the high activity level of paremiographers throughout the world. Once again there are major regional, national, and international collections as well as minor and popular collections. Altogether they reflect the rich tradition of collecting proverbs for the purpose of historical and comparative research as well as the pure enjoyment of these bits of wisdom.

There have been several colleagues and friends who have helped me in locating these new and reprinted collections. I would like to thank in particular Ahmad Abrishami (Tehran), Frantisek Cermák (Prague), George Cotter (Debre Zeit), Waclawa Korzyn (Kraków), Kevin J. McKenna (Burlington), Valerii M. Mokienko (St. Petersburg), Gyula Paczolay (Veszprém), Stanislaw Predota (Wroclaw), Katsuaki Takeda (Sapporo), Helmut Walther (Wiesbaden), and Fionnuala Williams (Belfast). They have provided me with important bibliographical information and, whenever possible, they also sent me the actual publications for my international proverb archive.

Please continue to support my bibliographical and archival efforts. Obviously I would like to make these annual bibliographies as complete as possible. Feel free to send me reviews of new proverb collections that merit being published in Proverbium. If you possibly can, please send one copy of such books to me as well. If need be, I am prepared to pay for these collections so that they can become part of the archive here in Burlington, Vermont.

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The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio - Issue 3:1996 & Issue 4:1996, an electronic book, available from amazon.com and other leading Internet booksellers.


  1. Cotter, George. Salt for Stew: Proverbs and Sayings of the Oromo People with English Translations. Debre Zeit, Ethiopia: Maryknoll Fathers, 1990. 580 pp.
  2. Cotter, George. Gurra Miti Qalbi Male: Wangela Goftaa Yesus Kiristosif Mamaaksa Oromo / The Ears are not Important, it's the Mind that Counts: The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Proverbs of the Oromo. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: United Printers, 1991. 554 pp.
  3. Die Sprüche Salomos (Sprichwörter): Die Luther Bibel Ed. in HTML by Teodor Flonta. De Proverbio: An Electronic Book Publisher, http://www.utas.edu.au.flonta/DPbooks, 1995
  4. Dobel, Richard (ed.). Lexikon der Goethe-Zitate. Zürich: Artemis, 1968. 1308 cols.
  5. Donald, Graeme. The Dictionary of Modern Phrase. London: Simon & Schuster, 1994. 343 pp.
  6. Éluard, Paul, and Benjamin Péret. 152 Sprichwörter auf den neuesten Stand gebracht. Ed. and trans. with an Afterword by Unda Hörner and Wolfram Kiepe. French original: 152 proverbes mis au goût du jour. Paris: Bureau de recherches surréalistes, 1925. Gießen: Anabas Verlag, 1995. 168 pp.
  7. Esar, Evans. 20,000 Quips & Quotes. A Treasury of Witty Remarks, Comic Proverbs, Wisecracks, and Epigrams. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1995. 908 pp.
  8. Flanagan, Laurence. Irish Proverbs. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1995. 95 pp.
  9. Flavell, Linda and Roger. Dictionary of Idioms and their Origins. London: Kyle Cathie, 1992. 216 pp.
  10. Flavell, Linda and Roger. Dictionary of Proverbs and their Origins. London: Kyle Cathie, 1993. 273 pp.
  11. Flonta, Teodor. English-Romanian Dictionary of Equivalent Proverbs (second edition) De Proverbio: An Electronic Book Publisher, http://www.utas.edu.au.flonta/DPbooks, 1995
  12. Florinus, Henrik. Wanhain Suomalaisten Tawaliset ja Suloiset Sananlascut. Turku: Johan Winterilda, 1702; rpt. ed. by Matti Kuusi. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 1987. 77 pp.
  13. Fogel, Edwin Miller. Proverbs of the Pennsylvania Germans. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania-German Society, 1929; rpt. ed. with an introduction and bibliography by Wolfgang Mieder. Bern: Peter Lang, 1995. 268 pp.
  14. Franck, Sebastian. Sprichwörter / Schöne / Weise / Herrliche Clugreden / vnnd Hoffsprüch. Franckenfurt am Meyn: Christian Egenolff, 1541. Rpt. ed. by Peter Klaus Knauer. Bern: Peter Lang, 1993. 496 pp. (=Sebastian Franck, Sämtliche Werke, vol. 11).
  15. Gerr, Elke. 4000 Sprichwörter und Zitate. München: Humboldt, 1995. 319 pp.
  16. Gleason, Norma (ed.). Fool in a Hurry Drinks Tea with a Fork. 1047 Proverbs from Around the World. New York: Citadel Press, 1994. 112 pp.
  17. Gómez, Raquel G. Refranero popular: Desde mi pueblito nuevo. Puerto Rico: Bayamón, 1990. 248 pp.
  18. Helfer, Christian. Crater Dictorum. Lateinische Sprich- und Schlagwörter, Wahlsprüche und Inschriften des 15.-20. Jahrhunderts. Saarbrücken: Verlag der Societas Latina, 1993. 176 pp.
  19. Heller, Karin (ed.). Spruchweisheiten aus der deutschen Sprachinsel "Sette comuni vicentini". Gesammelt von Giulio Vescovi. Vienna: Verlag Verband der wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaften Österreichs, 1993. 89 pp.
  20. Hessky, Regina. Durch die Blume: Arbeitsbuch zur deutschen Phraseologie für Fortgeschrittene. Budapest: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó, 1995. 214 pp.
  21. Hoefer, Edmund. Wie das Volk spricht. Deutsche Sagwörter. Stuttgart: Kröner, 1885 (1st ed. 1855); rpt. ed. with an introduction and bibliography by Wolfgang Mieder. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1995. 270 pp.
  22. Hoefnagels, Peter. Onbekende spreekwoorden en zegswizen. De ontdekking van onbekende zegswijzen en hun verklaringen. Amsterdam: Assen, 1977. 58 pp.
  23. Ikeda, Yasaburo, Donald Keene, and Hokojiro Jona (eds.). Nichiei Koji Kotowaza Jiten. (A Dictionary of English-Japanese Fables and Proverbs). Tokyo: Asahi Evening News, 1982. Rpt. Tokyo: Hokuseido-Shoten, 1994. 541 pp.
  24. Iscla, Luis. English Proverbs and Their Near Equivalents in Spanish, French, Italian and Latin. New York: Peter Lang, 1995. 418 pp.
  25. Iuchenko, O.S., and A.O. Iuchenko. Slovnik stiikikh narodnikh poriviian'. Kharkiv: Osnova, 1993. 174 pp.
  26. Jenko, Elizabeta M. Sich auf die Socken machen / Vzeti pot pod noge: Deutsch-slowenisches Wörterbuch der Redewendungen. Klagenfurt: Drava, 1994. 159 pp.
  27. Jónasson, Björn (ed.). Hávámal: The Sayings of the Vikings. Reykjavik: Gudrun, 1992. 92 pp.
  28. Keyes, Ralph (ed.). The Wit & Wisdom of Harry Truman. A Treasury of Quotations, Anecdotes, and Observations. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. 200 pp.
  29. Kunitskaya-Peterson, Christina. International Dictionary of Obscenities. A Guide to Dirty Words and Indecent Expressions in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian. Oakland, California: Scythian Books, 1981. 93 pp.
  30. Kuusi, Matti, and Hannu Lukkarinen. Rapatessa roiskuu. Nykysuomen sananparsikirja. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 1988. 437 pp.

The full text of this bibliography is published in De Proverbio - Issue 3:1996 & Issue 4:1996, an electronic book, available from amazon.com and other leading Internet booksellers.


  1. Vignali, Antonio. Lettera in proverbi Ed. and annotated by Teodor Flonta. De Proverbio: An Electronic Book Publisher, http://www.utas.edu.au.flonta/DPbooks, 1995
  2. Virkkunen, Sakari. Suomalainen fraasisanakirja. Keuruu: Otava, 1983. 420 pp.
  3. Weyers, Susan Paramore. The Evergreen South African Diary. Pretoria: Paramore Diary Company, 1991. 370 pp.
  4. Wood, Robert (ed.). Echoes from the Orient: Wisdom of Lao-Tse. With Parallels from Western Thought. Kansas City, Missouri: Hallmark Cards, 1972. 46 pp.
  5. Wotjak, Barbara. "Rede-Wendungen in Wende-Reden." Das Wort: Germanistisches Jahrbuch, no volume given (1991), 38-41.
  6. Wright, Larry. Happy as a Clam: and 9,999 Other Similes. New York: Prentice Hall, 1994. 248 pp.
  7. Yamaguchi, Momoo, and James McLinden. Waei Kotowaza Iroha Karuta (Japanese-English Proverbs: Iroha Karuta Cards). Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 1985. 195 pp.
  8. Zhukov, V.P. Slovar' russkikh poslovits i pogovorok. 5th ed. Moskva: Russkii iaszyk, 1993. (1st ed. 1966). 537 pp.
  9. Zimin, V.I., S.D. Ashurova, V.N. Shanskii, and Z.I. Shatalova. Russkie poslovitsy i pogovorki. Uchebnyi slovar'. Moskva: Shkola Press, 1994. 318 pp.

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