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
Biographies & Letters
Burnet, Gilbert; Robert Parsons and Samuel Johnson, Some Passages in the Life and Death of John Earl of Rochester. With a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of the said Earl, By the Rev. Robert Parsons. To this edition is prefixed an Account of the Life and Writings of the Earl of Rochester, by Dr. Samuel Johnson., W. Lowndes, 1787