A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs (page 1/3)


Title: A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs

Author: Ray, John

Published by: J. Hughs

City: London

Date: 1737

Total items: 14

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Chapter end decoration: cherubs]

Chapter end decoration: cherubs

Two cherubs (naked, winged children) sit amongst ornate rococo foliage, apparently discoursing. This decoration was used to fill space at the end of a chapter, and to show that the text had ended. [more...] [$]

[picture: Chapter Heading Woodcut Featuring Soldiers on Horesback with Spears]

Chapter Heading Woodcut Featuring Soldiers on Horesback with Spears

A decorative woodcut from above the section entitled Proverbs and Proverbial Observsations cocerning Husbandry, Weather, and the Seasons of the Year. It is not related to the text. The engraving features a battle of warriors or soldiers with spears and shields. I suspect it is based on the carved side of an ancient Hellenistic (Greek) sarcophagus thought [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Detail: engraved heart]

Detail: engraved heart

A wood engraving of a heart, taken from a $ this chapter head woodcut. [$]

[picture: Chapter Heading woodcut featuring a flaming heart]

Chapter Heading woodcut featuring a flaming heart

This decorative woodcut was used at the top of the first page of a chapter or section, as a decorative element. It features a heart on a pillar; there are flames bursting out of the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Initial letter B Woodcut]

Initial letter B Woodcut

A decorative initial letter “B” used as a drop cap (drop capital) at the start of a paragraph. The woodut (or wood engraving) shows a tree and a building in the background. I have included multiple sizes, including 100x100 and 64x64 pixels, for use as avatars, as well as the [...] [more...] [$]

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Some woodcuts from “A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs Be Your Gods” by John Ray, 1737. John Ray was a clergyman and a biologist and naturalist; he was born on the 29th day of June, 1628, and named John Wray; he changed his name to Ray when he was 42. He died in 1705.

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