A Note on the Text

THE TEXTS of Hydriotaphia  and The Garden of Cyrus  have been entered (by hand, mine) from the original edition of 1658. The spelling, capitalization, and punctuation have not been changed. Original typographical errors have been corrected in the text and noted in the notes. On occasion, variant readings from subsequent editions have been used in the text (and, again, noted in the notes). Typographical characters no longer in widespread use have been modernized: long and double esses, certain unusual Greek characters and ligatures. U's, V's, I's and J's have been silently modernized.

Passages in Greek have been "transcribed" using the standard font "Symbol". These should be easy to read in cases where your computer does not have the font or where the browser does not support the command. The exceptions include common variant characters (final ess is input with a capital V, for instance). These are rare and should cause few problems.

Notes that are unmarked are marginal notes from the original edition. My notes and notes from editions published after Browne's death are enclosed in square brackets ([]). Notes added by Browne in editions subsequent to the first and notes taken from other manuscripts by Browne are enclosed in curly brackets ({}). The same convention applies to the referrents in the text. The referrents for footnotes have been uniformly numbered for each chapter, ignoring the varying practice of the first edition, which used letters and glyphs indifferently. Referrents have also been moved from the beginning to the end of words, and, on occasion, from the beginning of a phrase to the end. Some footnotes having no textual referrent have been given one. In most cases, these changes are not remarked in the notes. When notes are improperly placed in the original text, they have been moved, with the move remarked in the notes.


In Browne's life:

1. 1658.

2. 1658; with the fourth edition of Pseudodoxia Epidemica . This edition contains additional notes and illustrations, and was prepared under the direction of the author.

3. 1659[8]; with the sixth edition of Religio Medici  and the third edition of Pseudoxia. (The third edition of Pseudodoxia post-dates the fourth for reasons best known to rival publishers Ekins and Dod.)

4. 1669, with the fifth edition of Pseudodoxia.

Editions 3 and 4 are inferior.

Editions after Browne's death:

5. 1686, with the "Works".

6. 1736, Curl, containing all of Hydriotaphia, together with Brampton Urnes, "Of Artificiall Hills, &c."; the first three chapters of Cyrus-Garden. This edition calls itself the Fourth.

7. 1836, Wilkin (editor), in Volume III of the complete works.

8. (not finished) 

9.(not finished) 

10. (not finished)

The Garden of Cyrus
The Title Page
The Epistle to the Reader
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IIII
Chapter V
A note on the texts
The Stationer to the Reader

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