THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE MODERN EGYPTIANS,
ILLUSTRATED FROM THEIR PROVERBIAL SAYINGS CURRENT AT CAIRO
IT may be as well to state, that the lectures which are here published were never delivered as a complete course, but only one here and two there, as matter gradually grew under my hands ; yet so that very much the greater part of what is contained in this volume has been at one time or another actually delivered.
Although I have always taken a lively interest in national proverbs, I had no intention at the first of making a book about them ; but only selected the subject as one which I thought, though I was not confident of this, might afford me sufficient material for a single lecture, which I had undertaken some time ago to deliver. I confess that I was at the time almost…