A Treatise Of Direction, How To Travell Safely, And Profitably Into Forraigne Countries..


Bound in original calf; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated with blind stamping. Extremities worn and front board detached. Printed in an unusually large fount, with tight trimming causing the loss of some catchwords in lower margin. One small ink stain but otherwise a good clean interior.


Printed for Humphrey Robinson.,






Written by thomas neale of warneford, in the county of southampton, esquire.

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 12mo. 3.25 x 5.25 inches. [xx] + 165 + [1] pp. A 1 is not present and may have been a blank, and acting, with H 12, as wrappers. Lacks portrait frontispiece.


Decorated by headpiece vignettes and by initials.


A robust early seventeenth century examination of travel abroad (with numerous classical allusions,) referring to 'our young lusty merchants and mariners' in Java, the Moluccas, Amboina, 'the gulfe of Bengala,' Coromandel, Pegu, Sumatra, China and Japan, etc.; also 'those which wearied with the delights of their owne Country, see Italy, Spaine, France [with the hazards] 'of French affronts, and Rodomontado duels, Spanish Inquisitions, and Italian suspitions...' The author unfavourably characterises most of the inhabitants of the world, with different nationalities variously described as 'unconstant and rash, proud and vaineglorious, blockish and heavy, Luxurious and effeminate, barbarous and insolent, savage and heathenish,' etc. It is perhaps the early exponents of the Grand Tour that he likens to 'Swallowes or cuckowes...doe so overheate themselves with hot exotique wines and fruits, perpetually gowstering on the French and Italian delicates...' Thomas Neale (1614-46?) of Warnford, a dramatist known for his tragicomedy, The Warde (performed 1637), includes a dedicatory epistle, dated 1638, 'To his dearely beloved Brother, Mr. VVilliam Neale at Tours in France, or elsewhere. One of the two 1643 editions of this title, the other bearing a title page statement that it was written first in Latin; it was reissued in 1664. A scarce title with ESTC listing this version only at the British Library, Oxford and Southampton and three US libraries, some other copies also lacking the portrait frontispiece.

[Stock No. 24054]

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