Friday, September 30, 2011

Strafforello: La Sapienza del Mondo

La Sapienza del Mondo by Gustavo Strafforello (1883)

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

This book claims to be a "universal dictionary of the proverbs of all peoples." In three volumes, it certainly has a claim to being comprehensive, if not universal! The book is organized alphabetically by Italian keywords. The Italian proverbs are best represented, of course, but there are lots of Latin proverbs here too. The book is useful even if you do not know Italian, but it is much more enjoyable if you do.


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