Weather Lore

Weather Lore
by Richard Inwards (1840-1937)
Adopted for Conservation by
Michael and Tzun Hardy
on March 27, 2023
Image of the book Weather lore; a collection of proverbs, sayings, and rules concerning the weather

Weather lore; a collection of proverbs, sayings, and rules concerning the weather

By Richard Inwards (1840-1937). New York: Francis P. Harper, 1898.

Richard Inwards’ Weather Lore is a collection of proverbs, sayings, and quotations about the weather. With wide-ranging chapter titles such as Mists, Sound, Frost, Birds, Insects, Plants, Thermometer, and Spectroscope, Weather Lore captures the myriad ways that people have attempted to forecast weather, harvest, and human behavior from occurrences in the natural world. Contents range from direct quotations with citations to sayings that begin with "it is said that [...]" and capture generally understood ‘scientific folklore’ from a particular profession, region, or country. Inwards was a meteorologist, astronomer, and mining engineer, and was elected a fellow at both the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.

Condition and Treatment: 

The book is a late 19th century publishers binding bound in mint green bookcloth. The glue on the spine of the book has failed causing the textblock to loosen in its case. The spine is torn. Multiple paper tears in the text are the result of poor attempts to open the uncut sections. Conservators will remove the textblock from the binding, reline the spine, and repair the case. The textblock will then be re-cased in the repaired original binding. The paper repairs will be executed using reversible wheat starch paste and Japanese paper.

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Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future