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Northern Memoirs, Calculated for the Meridian of Scotland.... To which is added, The Contemplative & Practical Angler, by way of Diversion... Writ in the Year 1658, but not till now made publick, By Richard Franck, Philanthropus.
London: Printed for the Author. To be sold by Henry Mortclock at the Phenix, in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1694 . 0. Scarce first edition. Well bound in full leather. pp.39/pp.304 . 8vo 6.75" x 4.25" x 0.75". Polished full green morocco covered boards (edges lightly rubbed). Spine with 5 raised bands and gilt titles: "Franck's Northern Memoirs And Contemp. Angler - 1694". All page edges bright gilt. Inner gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Owner's initials to front endpaper ("N.L.B" - partially erased). Note to front free-endpaper: "Isaac Reed 1794. This Book is very scarce. See the notice Mr. Pennant takes of it of the Author in his Tour to Scotland 1796 additions 8vo. Edition p.19 4to Editn. p.132". Printed title-page creased. Clean English text throughout ending with an advertisement (Rabbi Moses...) on p. 304. Rear free endpaper with numerous pencil references relating to this book. Referenced by: Wing F2064; Westwood & Satchell, p.100-101. * "Richard Franck (1624?-1708) was a captain in the parliamentary army and author. Franck was born and educated at Cambridge. Franck left England for a tour in Scotland around 1656 or 1657. He returned to Nottingham, where he seems to have lived for many years. About 1690 he went to New England, where his second book was written, and in 1694 was in London at the Barbican. The book Northern Memoirs for which Franck is known is a specimen of euphuistic literature, and includes the quote: "Art imitates Nature, and Necessity is the Mother of Invention." After much front matter, it is in the form of a dialogue between Theophanes, Agrippa (a servant), Aquila (a friend), and himself, under the name Arnoldus. 'Northern Memoirs' was written in 1658, put together in 1685, but not published until 1694. Its main interest centres in the places which Franck visited in Scotland, and the account of them which he gives. His route was by Carlisle and Dumfries to Glasgow; thence to Stirling, Perth, Forfar, and Loch Ness; then Sutherlandshireand Caithness, Cromarty, Aberdeen, Dundee, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Berwick. He made his way home by Morpeth. Franck was the first to describe salmon fishing in Scotland, and both in that and trout-fishing with artificial fly he was a practical angler. He had read the Compleat Angler; he tells us that he had argued with Isaak Walton about pickerel weed breeding pike. He is the first angler to name the burbot, and commends the salmon of the River Thames. Franck's second book was 'A Philosophical Treatise of the Original and Production of Things. Writ in America in a time of solitude,' London, 1687. The running head title of the work is 'Rabbi Moses.' It is written in the same high-flown language as Northern Memoirs. Franck may also have written 'The Admirable and Indefatigable Adventures of the Nine Pious Pilgrims ... to the New Jerusalem. Written in America in a time of Solitude and Divine Contemplation. By a Zealous Lover of Truth . . .' London (Morphew), 1708. The introductory matter is signed 'Philanthropes' as in Franck's other books." - See Wikipedia . ** The full title reads: 'Northern Memoirs, calculated for the Meridian of Scotland. Wherein most or all of the Cities, Citadels, Sea-ports, Castles, Forts, Fortresses, Rivers, and Rivulets are compendiously described. Together with choice Collections of various Discoveries, Remarkable Observations, Theological Notions, Political Axioms, National Intrigues, Polemick Inferences, Contemplations, Speculations, and several curious and industrious Inspections, lineally drawn from. Antiquaries and other noted and intelligible Persons of Honour and Eminency. To which is added the Contemplative and Practical Angler by way of Diversion,' with more of the same character. 'By Richard Franck, Philanthropus. Plures necat Gula quam Gladius, 1694.' .
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