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    Sprat, Thomas. Observations on Monsieur de Sorbier's Voyage into England. Written to Dr. Wren, Professor of Astronomy in Oxford, by Thomas Sprat, Fellow of the Royal Society. [London] The Savoy: for John Martyn and James Allestry, 1668. 12mo. A- K12, L9. [-L10 blank] [2], 256p. Full calf, blind tooled ruling, worn and repaired. Hinges started, corners worn. Remains of gilt stamp decoration on spine, red morocco label with gilt lettering. Red speckled edges. Browning, foxing, occasional dampstain. Free endpapers reinforced along inner margins. Note of previous owner on front free endpaper. Notches in bottom margins of C6 and D5 without effect on text. Second edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Thomas Sprat (1635-1713), bishop of Rochester, wrote this work in reply to the French man Samuel de Sorbire's biting attack upon the English natural character, as given in the latter's Relation d'un Voyage en Angleterre. Actually, Sorbire's work was an elaboration of Evelyn's A Character of England (1659), although Evelyn did not agree with the elaboration, so that Evelyn is often credited with assisting in Sprat's work - even though the first edition of this work (August 1664) preceded Evelyn's replay by two months! Sprat's work is written in the form of a letter to Christopher Wren, and as a justification for Englishmen, accompanied by wit, it became very popular and went through many reprintings.

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