R(ay), J(ohn)

A Collection of English Proverbs Digested into a Convenient Method for the Speedy Finding any one upon Occasion; with Short Annotations, Whereunto are added Local Proverbs with their Explications, Old Proverbial Rhythmes, Less known or Exotick Proverbial Sentences, and Scottish Proverbs.

Published: Cambridge: printed by John Hayes, printer to the University, for W. Morden

Date: 1670

First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head-pieces. A few short pencil notes and marks, note on the author to ffep. Title-page laid down, pp. 127-8 loosening, tiny wormhole near head of page beginning p.117 and becoming a small trail pp.209-226 then reducing again but not affecting text. Contemporary brown calf, gilt label to spine. A bit rubbed, spine a little chipped and creased, lower joint cracking at head and tail, endcaps and corners repaired but now worn, some light spots and smudges, endpapers split at hinges but boards holding firm. A very good copy.

To front paste-down, inscriptions of: H.J.P. Proby ‘ex lib K.G.P. 1820’; J. Tattersall ‘Exor. of the above, July 1857’; Frank Muir. Small book label of J.O. Edwards. To ffep: an MS note on John Ray signed by John Tattersall and dated 1857. To head of title-page: ownership inscription of Jonathan Gowan. To title-page verso, through the paper to which is has been laminated, two inscriptions in different hands are visible: the first is possibly signed Vernon and is dated 1677; the second is mostly illegible. To the head of A2, inscription of P. Lancaster in an old hand. To the rfep: inscription of Jane Howard; a Latin proverb in a different hand. To the rear paste-down: pencil notes on the text.

ESTC R13689; Wing R368

John Ray [Wray until 1670] (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian, travelled around the United Kingdom in order to collect botanical specimens gather topographical and botanical information for his work. During his travels he also amassed a store of knowledge about regional antiquities, customs and language, which formed the basis of this Collection of English Proverbs (a revised edition followed in 1678). Ray continued with his work on this theme and in 1674 published his Collection of English Words.


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