A Survey of History: Or, A Nursery for Gentry. Contrived and Comprized in an Intermixt Discourse upon Historicall and Poetical Relations...

A Survey of History: Or, A Nursery for Gentry. Contrived and Comprized in an Intermixt Discourse upon Historicall and Poetical Relations...
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London: By J. Okes for Jasper Emery at the Eagle and Child in Pauls Church yard next Watlin Street, 1638. Square 8vo, modern full blind-ruled morocco, spine gilt lettered between raised bands, a.e.g. [xxviii], 413, [1(Errata)] pp.; pp. 30-31 & 202-203 misnumbered. Extra engraved title-page by William Marshall, depicting the author surrounded by vignettes of Herodotus, Livy, Thucydides, & Tacitus. Upper margins of first four leaves reinforced with old paper, sidenotes of leaves B1 & B3 slightly shaved; overall a clean, surprisingly fresh copy in a somewhat incongruous but handsome binding. Second Edition, more than doubled from its original version as The Schollers Medley, published in 1614. Braithwaite, who is today best known for his doggerel poem Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys..., here anatomizes the various sorts of histories--including fictional or 'poetical' ones--and elaborates on their moral and educational qualities. He categorizes histories as "Divine, Discursive, Morall, Physick, or Mixt"; and in the course of analyzing them he passes on many fascinating anecdotes on both antiquity and his own times. There are references to Machiavelli, Orlando Furioso, and Don Quixote, as well as to many highly obscure writers and books. In his omniverous curiosity , digressive erudition, and idiosyncratic style Braithwaite (1588-1673) is comparable to his celebrated contemporaries Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) and Robert Burton (1577-1640). Newberry Courtesy Books 218. Pforzheimer Catalogue 82. STC 3583a. With to Prior, I, 76. (Item Id: 6144)

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