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Browne, Thomas
Hydriotaphia, Urne-Buriall, or, a Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes lately found in Norfolk. Together with the Garden of Cyrus, or the Quincunciall, Lozenge, or Net-work Plantations of the Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered. With Sundry Observations.
First edition. 8vo., pp.[xvi], 102 (i.e. 202 misnumbered), [vi]. Two full-page engraved illustrations plus one smaller illustration to the text, woodcut inititals and head-pieces, separate title-page to The Garden of Cyrus all three unpaginated leaves at end ('The Stationer to the Reader', 'Books Printed for Hen. Broome [...]', 'Dr. Brown's Garden of Cyrus'). Head edge trimmed a little close in places but causing no loss of text, final two gatherings lightly dampstained, occasional faint spots and smudges. Slightly later limp vellum, edges lightly sprinkled brown. Vellum rumpled and a little grubby, ties lost, endpapers replaced but still very good.Browne's (1605-1682) is one of the earliest English archaeological monographs, here found as usual with his work on ancient styles of planting. Hydriotaphia [...] was written for Thomas Le Gros of Crostwick, and The Garden of Cyrus for Nicholas Bacon of Gillingham; they were published together in 1658. 'Although professedly works of invention, and therefore displaying Religio Medici's wide and witty imagination, Hydriotaphia and The Garden of Cyrus had serious ends in view. They were written, like Pseudodoxia, out of books as well as experience, extracting and reweaving much erudite information on the funerary and horticultural practices of the ancients to provide a large context for personal observations. Hydriotaphia may be one of the first archaeological monographs in English, but the pictured and comparatively briefly described urns, now in the British Museum, are Saxon rather than (as Browne tentatively guessed) Roman, and t … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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