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"An account of several travels through a great part of Germany: in four journeys. I. From Norwich to Colen. II. From Colen to Vienna, with a particular description of that imperial city. III. From Vienna to Hamburg. IV. From Colen to London. Wherein the mines, baths, and other curiosities of those parts are treated of. Illustrated with sculptures."
London: Benj. Tooke. 1677. "[Bound with:] Brown, Edward. A brief account of some travels in Hungaria, Servia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, Austria, Syria, Carinthia, Carniola, and Gruilki. As also some observations on the gold, silver, copper, quick-silver mines, baths, and mineral waters in those parts: with the figures of some habits and remarkable places (London: Benj. Tooke, 1673). & & Both are first editions (the first title being a continuation of the second),small 4to, pp. [4], 179, plus one page ads, and pp. [x], 144; 6 engraved plates (3 folding) in Germany and 9 engraved plates (4 folding) in Hungaria; the second title lacking two leaves at the end containing ads and a list of errata and with blank corner torn away in plate at p. 85, but a handsome copy in early eighteenth-century diced calf, supralibros of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury, bearing the motto ""Je maintiendrai"" stamped in gilt on covers, rebacked with most of original spine laid down, red morocco label lettered in gilt, minimal wear overall. ""The author was the son of the distinguished physician, Sir Thomas Browne, and like his father was also a physician. As he had recommendations to people of the highest rank and learning, he had opportunities for observation superior to those of the ordinary traveller, who was generally in a hurry. He gives details of the manner of travelling usually omitted by the average man; he describes the sights to be seen in the light of their historical background. The working of the Hungarian and Austrian mines were then practically unknown to England, as were also some of the countries themselves he visited"" (Cox I, p. 88). & & ""Reports of these travels undoubtedly led to Newton's famous letter to Francis Aston, of May 18, 1669, on the eve of his departure to the continent. Newton's early chemical interests were certainly stimulated by Browne's reports on the quicksilver mines in Carinthia. Browne's two books are a mine of information on questions which interested early members of the Royal society"" (Babson 334). & & Wing B5109 & B5110; Hoover catalogue 172; Wellcome II, p. 251 (both titles bound together); Osler 4409; Kress S1385 (defective) & S1477; Babson 334 & 335; Cox I, P. 108 (giving incorrect date)."
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