8vo. , xix, , 190pp. Separate divisional title page [p. 100] “Observations on Mons. de Sorbiere’s Voyage into England; Written to Dr. Wren, Professor of Astronomy in Oxford”. Continuous pagination throughout. One folding plate [p. 39] showing the plan of a floor constructed without the use of nails. Original calf boards rebacked with tan leather spine. Six compartment spine with raised bands and gilt lettering. Spine’s leather has suffered from rubbing. Small chip to leather at cover’s top-right edge. Blind stamped pattern on boards partly obscured as a result of rebacking. Library stamp on front endpaper. Hinges reinforced with tape at front and rear endpapers. 2mm hole at title page, partly obscuring the “G” in “Voyage”. Otherwise, contents are in very good condition. Bright, clean and complete. This 1709 edition contains Sorbiere’s “A Voyage to England”, Spratt’s infamous retort in the form of his letter to Christopher Wren, and Sorbiere’s letters concerning the first Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654). Rare to be found complete in this edition and with its original boards.
Sorbière, Samuel de; Sprat, Dr. Thomas, A Voyage to England: Containing Many Things relating to the State of Learning, Religion, and Other Curiosities of the Kingdom; As also, Observations on the Fame Voyage, by Dr. Thomas Sprat, Fellow of the Royal Society, and now Lord Bishop of Rochester; With, A Letter of Monsieur Sorbiere’s Concerning the War between England and Holland in 1652, Printed and Sold by J. Woodward, 1709
PIAZZA, Girolamo Bartolomeo [Hierom Bartholomew; Hierome Barthelemi]., A Short and True Account of the Inquisition and its Proceeding, As it is practis’d in Italy, Set forth in some Particular Cases. Whereunto is added, An Extract Out of an Authentick Book of Legends of the Roman Church. [Relation Succincte & Veritable de L’Inquisition Et de ses Procedures, Comme il se pratique en Italie, Ce qui est represente dans des Cas Particuliers. A’quoi est ajoute Un Extrait D’un Livre Authentique de Legendes de l’Eglise Romane]., William Bowyer [Guillaume Bowyer], 1722
Biographies & Letters
SHARP, Samuel., Letters from Italy, describing the Customs and Manners of that Country, In the Years 1765, and 1766. To which is Annexed, An Admonition to Gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their Tour through Italy. The Second Edition., [R. Cave] for W. Nicol, T. Becket, P. A. de Hondt and T. Cadell, 1767