Birlinn, 2018. Paperback. 473 pages.
This classic nineteenth-century anthology is the largest and best-known collection of Gaelic proverbs in the world. Proverbs are universally thought to encapsulate the wit and wisdom of a particular language and culture, and this collection, which was first published in 1881, is rich in both.
The editor, Alexander Nicolson, one of the best Gaelic scholars of his day, researched and gathered a wide-ranging collection of proverbs which cover such diverse topics as women and marriage, wise men and fools, friendship and courage, and wealth and poverty. The proverbs appear in Gaelic along with careful English translations, which maintain the flavour and colour of the original.
This edition, first published by Birlinn in 2011, has modernised spelling and a revised index, making it more accessible to the modern reader.
* Re-print: January 2022 *
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