A compleat collection of English proverbs

As Ray, Fellow of the Royal Society, tells the reader; little is to be said about the nature of this book save that it ‘conveys at once, entertainment and profit as the wise man deserves, like apples of gold in pictures of silver’. Hidden between its covers, from England and several other countries besides, are abundant lexical gems, ‘ornaments of speech, rules of instruction, arguments of wisdom, and maxims of undeniable truth.’

John Ray, 1737. Layton Collection 3989


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