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BROWN, Edward.

(1642 – 1708)

(Born: 1642; Died: 27 August 1708) English physician.

Brown was a highly regarded doctor, who served as Physician-in-Ordinary to Charles II and was later appointed president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Biographical references: Poggendorff: 1, col. 310 & 1544?.

Brief Account, 1673

1. English, 1673 [First edition].
A | Brief Account | Of Some | Travels | In | [Two columns of countries:] Hungaria, | Servia, | Bulgaria, | Macedonia, | Thessaly, | Austria, | Styria, | Carinthina, | Carniola, | and Friuli. | 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. | [rule] | By Edward Brown M.D. | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [rule] | London, | Printed by T.R. for Benj. Tooke, and are to be Sold at the | Sign of the Ship in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1673.

4°: A4 (A1 blank) b2 B-T4 V2; 80l.; [12], 1-144, [4] p., 9 plates (4 folding). Plates at pages 4/5, 22, 38/39, 66, 85, and 120. Page size: 198 x 150 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs], Blanks.; [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [3 pgs], Dedication, signed Edward Brown.; [1 pg], Blank.; [4 pgs], "To The | Reader."; 1-144, Text.; [2 pgs], Publisher's list.; [1 pg], Errata.; [1 pg], Blank.

Rare. An observant traveler, Brown recorded all the natural and historical objects and features he saw, as well as anything the bore on his medical profession. For his grand tour, he made a difficult tour through the eastern regions of Europe. The present volume is a pleasant account of his travels in the 1668-9s through the mineral rich regions of Hungary, Austria, and Carinthia, with observations on many gold, silver, copper, mercury works. During 1668-9 Brown was in Vienna and undertook the journeys he describes. Like his near contemporary and fellow physician Martin Lister (1638-1712), author of A Journey to Paris (1698), Brown discourses on the geography, social customs and history of the areas in which he traveled.

Facsimile reprint, 1971: New York, Arno Press, 1971.

Bibliographical references: BL. Goldsmith's Catalogue of Economic Literature: no. 2025. Hoover Collection: no. 172. LKG: XIV 832a. Osler, Bibliotheca Osleriana, 1969: no. 4409. Wing: no. 5110.

2. English, 1685 [Second edition].
A brief account of some travels in divers parts of Europe, viz. Hungaria, Servia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, Austria, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, and Friuli. Through a great part of Germany, and the Low-countries. Through Marca Trevisana, and Lombardy on both sides of the Po. With some observations on the gold, silver, copper, quick-silver mines, and the baths and mineral waters in those parts. As also, the description of many antiquities, habits, fortifications and remarkable places. By Edward Brown, M. D. The 2d ed. with many additions. London, Printed for Benj. Tooke, at the Sign of the Ship in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1685.

2°: [4], 222, [4] p., illus., plates (part fold.)

Very scarce. The first edition of 1673 had only 144 p. and 9 plates and to this is added in this edition Brown's An Account of Several Travels through a Great Part of Germany (1677), and with the addition of A Journey from Venice to Genoa (pp. 194-222).

Bibliographical references: BL. Cox, Guide to the Literature of Travel, 1948-50: 1, 88. Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, 1965: p. 103. Hoover Collection: no. 173. Wing: B-511.

3. English, 1677.
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. London, Benjamin Tooke, 1677.

4°: [4], 179, [1] p., 6 plates (3 folding).

Very scarce. A different working of the author's Brief Account of Some Travels (1st ed., London, 1673), including new commentary.

Bibliographical references: BL. Cox, Guide to the Literature of Travel, 1948-50: 1, 108. LKG: XIV 832a. Wing: B-5109.