Moral Reflections upon Select English Proverbs: Familiarly Accommodated to the Humorous and Manners of the Present Age.
Dykes, Oswald.

London: Printed by H. Meere, for George Sawbridge. 1708. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked and recornered in later calf. Gilt burgundy morocco spine label. Occasional light foxing. Two ownership signatures on front free endpaper, one dated 1806 and one 1942. A very good copy First edition of an interesting study of different English proverbs, explaining their meaning and the ramifications. Amongst those discussed are: "A Cat may look at a King;" "Out of Sight, Out of Mind;" "Hungry Dogs will eat dirty Puddings;" "One Bird in Octavo. xxxviii, [3], 280, [30], (Item ID: 15558)


A second edition of this book was published in 1709, and a third in 1713. Dykes (1670?-1728) also wrote The Royal Marriage: King Lemuel's Lesson (1722) and a broadside entitled Good Manners for Schools (1700).

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