"Lena's Collectanea" is a vast collection of proverbs, folklores and superstitions acquired over a lifetime by Vincent Stuckey Lean of Bristol (1820-99). Painstakingly collected and researched during Lean's travels on the Continent and throughout Britain, the 5-volume "Collectanea" is packed with many thousands of entries, helpfully arranged by theme and full indexed. Covering all periods and many countries, the "Collectanea" goes well beyound simply listing proverbs; it includes superstitions, popular customs and saying, proverbial witticims, rhymes and aphorisms; it records death customs, cures for disease, omens and signs, good luck sayings, charms, and more. Lean unearths the provenance of many obscure proverbs, and consults an author's death, this lively work also contains Lean's extensive contributions to "Notes and Queries", "A New Treasury of Similies", and a biographical memoir of Lean by Julia Lucy Woodward. The proverb was at its peak in Britain in Elizabethan times, and Lean's work is particularly authoritative and helpful in illuminating the literature of this era.
In addition to English literature departments, it should be of interest to philological and language students, scholars in cultural studies (many proverbs are based on racial, nationalist and class beliefs), oral historians, linguists and folklorists.