BROWN, Edward. A Brief Account of Some Travels in Hungaria, Servia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, Austria, Styria, Carinthia, 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. London, Printed by T. R. for Benj. Tooke, 1673.
Small 4to. Early 19th-century half calf over marbled boards, spine ornamented in gilt ad with red morocco lettering-piece; pp. [x], 144, , nine engraved plates (four double-page), without initial blank but with errata and advertisements at the end; front hinge restored; title-page and text with a number of contemporary annotations and marginalia in ink; only light spotting or browning in places, one plate with old repairs, a good copy of a rare 17th-century title; provenance: two old bookplates inside front covers, Charles Streynsham Collinson and Hartshorne, contemporary name Collinson and another 17th-century ownership inscription to title-page.
Scarce first edition. A Fellow of the recently established Royal Society and medical doctor Brown travelled up the Danube, pretty much as a precursor of Patrick Leigh Fermor. Before settling in England as a physician he decided to travel to Eastern Central Europe and the Balkans, a journey not many English undertook at the time. 'From August 1668 until Christmas 1669 he visited the Low Countries, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and northern Greece, where at Larissa he saw the court of the ‘Grand Seigneur’. Browne had become a fellow of the Royal Society on 2 January 1668, and while abroad he sent letters to its secretary, Henry Oldenburg, containing, among other things, information on the gold, silver, and copper mines in Hungary, Transylvania, and Austria. In 1669–70 three letters were published in Philosophical Transactions' (ODNB).