Edward Browne (1677): An Account of Several Travels through a Great Part of Germany, pp. iii-iv: To the Reader.
HAVING given the English World an Account of some remote and seldome travelled Countries of Europe, in the Year, 1673.1 I remained indifferent, as to the publishing of any thing more, concerning nearer, or better known places; a great part whereof hath been delivered by some good, and observing Writers; upon which consideration, though written some years since, these Papers have not come abroad, and had still remained private, had not the desires of Friends solicited this Publication, and also a Promise in my former Book oblig'd me to say something of Vienna; as likewise my Journey unto that Place from England, by the Belgian Provinces and Germany; and of my return from Vienna by Austria Trans-Danubiana, Moravia, Bohemia, Misnia, Saxonia, unto Hamburg; hereof I have therefore given some Account in this Work, not much engaging into the Policy and State Government of Places, which have been so largely delivered, as to make up just Volumes, but have rather set down what is Naturally, Artificially, Historically, and Topographically remarkable; together with some Customes and Occurrencies which might be acceptable unto the Inquisitive Reader, or serve as hints of further Enquiry, to such Persons as may hereafter Travel into those Parts.
*The running title is "To the Reader." The Epistle is on unnumbered pages iii and iv.
1. In his 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 of that year.
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