The Provenance of a Book

A friend and fellow writer, Gwen Tuinman, recently gave me a book she’d knew I’d enjoy: The Proverbs of Scotland, by Alexander Hislop. It’s a well-read old book, worn at the spine and a bit chewed at the top, but just the right size to fit in your hand. And it has lovely Scottish proverbs rich in language and personality. No matter that you can probably find these sayings on the internet, they seem to carry more weight nestled on yellowed paper. After initially poring over the proverbs–there’s even a glossary of Scottish words (how convenient!)–I became curious to know how old…