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    Edward Browne. A Brief Account of Some Travels in divers Parts of Europe, Viz. Hungaria, Servia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, Austria, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, and Frivli. Through a great part of Germany, and the Low-Countries. Through Marca Trevisana, and Lombardy on both sides the Po. With some Observations on the Gold, Silver, Copper, Quick-silver mines and the Baths and Mineral Waters in those Parts. As Also, the Description of many Antiquities, Habits, Fortifications and Remarkable Places. London: Benjamin Tooke, 1685. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. Second Collected Edition. Folio. A2, B-2F4.2G2 [4],222,[4],[2 ads]pp. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with old spine laid-on, spine with cracks and separating at pp. 160-161, spine ends missing; old dealer's descriptions pasted on front paste-down; t.p. toned, old owner's name at top; single wormhole in blank outer margin; two plates worn at blank lower edge 6 double-page engravings (of 16, lacks 10), numerous text engravings, some signed by William Sherwin & John Oliver. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Browne (1644-1708) physician, son of Sir Thomas Browne was most famous for his travel accounts. "He went to Italy and came home through France, and it is by his description of this and of several subsequent journeys that he is best known. In 1668 he sailed to Rotterdam from Yarmouth and went to Leyden, Amsterdam, and Utrecht, visiting museums, libraries, and churches, attending lectures, and conversing with the learned. He went on to Antwerp, and ended his journey at Cologne on 10 Oct. 1668. His next journey was to Vienna, where he made friends with the imperial librarian Lambecius, and enjoyed many excursions and much learned conversation. He seems to have studied Greek colloquially, and brought back letters from a learned Greek in his own tongue to Dr. Pearson, the bishop of Chester, and to Dr. Barrow, the master of Trinity. From Vienna Browne made three long journeys, one to the mines of Hungary, one into Thessaly, and one into Styria and Carinthia. Wherever he went he observed all objects natural and historical, as well as everything bearing on his profession. He sketched in a stiff manner, and some of his drawings are preserved (British Museum). At Buda he came into the oriental world, and at Larissa he saw the Grand Seigneur. Here he studied Greek remains, and followed in imagination the practice of Hippocrates. He returned to England in 1669, but made one more tour in 1673 in company with Sir Joseph Williamson, Sir Leoline Jenkins, and Lord Peterborough. He visited Cologne, Aix-la-Chapelle, Liége, Louvain, Ghent, Bruges, and other towns of the Low Countries, and saw all that was to be seen. He published in London in 1673 a small quarto volume called 'A Brief Account of some Travels in Hungaria, Styria, Bulgaria, Thessaly, Austria, Servia, Carynthia, Carniola, and Friuli' another volume appeared in 1677, and in 1685 a collection of all his travels in one volume folio.... they contain many interesting facts, and that their information is exact. They may be read with pleasure if viewed as a table of contents of the mind of a well-read Englishman of King Charles II's days. Browne had read a good deal of Greek as well as of Latin, the fathers as well as the classical authors. He was also well versed in new books; he had read Ashmole's 'Order of the Garter,' La Martiniére's 'Arctic Travels,' and did not even despise the last new novel, but quotes the Duchess of Newcastle's 'New Blazing World' (Travels, ed. 1685, pp. 97, 99, 123) in the year of its publication. "DNB.        Wing B5111. ESTC r7514. Goldsmiths' 2575. Cox I,88. Hoover, Mining, 173. Weber, Greece, 354.

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