1) At Banbury he saw the Puritan who has become proverbial, “Hanging of his Cat on Monday For killing of a Mouse on Sunday.”

488J.  Anonymous. By Richard Brathwait. 1588?-1673.

Drunken Barnaby’s four journeys to the north of England. In Latin and English verse. Wittily and Merrily (tho’ near One Hundred Years ago) compos’d; found among some old musty Books, that had a long time lain by in a Corner; and now at last made publick. To which is added, Bessy Bell

London: printed for S. Illidge, under Searle’s Gate Lincolns-Inn New-Square: and sold by S. Ballard in Little-Britain, J. Graves in St. James’s-Street, and J. Walthoe over-against the Royal Exchange 1716 price $2,800

488J Barnaby’s Journey

Octavo: cm. Signatures: A4, B-L8.   2 unnumbered leaves of plates This ids the first printing under this title,the first Was published as ’Barnabees journall’ in 1638.   This book describes Brathwait’s pilgrimages through England in doggerel English and Latin verse.  Brathwait’s highly improper doggerel recounting the perambulations of an alcoholic lecher attracted little attention in its own day but became wildly popular in the eighteenth century. “Bessy Bell” is a similarly genteel ballad of courtship between two rustics.  

 “Richard Brathwait’s most famous work is Barnabae Itinerarium or Barnabees Journall [1638], by ‘Corymbaeus,’ written in English and Latin rhyme. The title-page says it is written for the “travellers’ solace” and is to be chanted to the old tune of “Barnabe.” The story of “drunken Barnabee’s” four journeys to the north of England contains much amusing topographical information, and its gaiety is unflagging. Barnabee rarely visits a town or village without some notice of an excellent inn or a charming hostess, but he hardly deserves the epithet ‘drunken.’” (EB)

“Thence to Ashton, good as may be

Was the wine, brave Knight, bright Ladie,

All I saw was comely specious,

Seemly gratious, neatly precious;

My Muse with Bacchus so long traded,

When I walk’t, my legs denaid it.”

The text is printed in parallel Latin and English on facing pages. Southey described Barnabee’s Journal as ‘the best piece of rhymed Latin in modern literature.’ Later editions of this work, beginning with the second edition, printed in 1716, altered the usage and spelling of words in the original. This first edition therefore was the only one available to cavalier, roundhead and restoration readers. The First edition is exceedingly rare.

There is also a bit of Shakespeariana in Barnabee, as he mentions the phrase ‘As you like it,’ suggesting thereby that it was of common usage, and served as a titular parallel to ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ of the bard’s pen. Braithwaite , speaks of ‘As You Like It’ as a proverbial motto, and this seems more likely to imply the true explanation of the title of Shakespeare’s play. The title of the comedy may, on this supposition, be exactly parallel with that of ‘ Much Ado about Nothing.’ The proverbial title of the play implies that freedom of thought and indifference to censure which characterizes the sayings and doings of most of the actors, in this comedy of human nature in a forest. It is well to remember that Barnaby’s Journal was not printed until 1648-50; in it ‘drunken Barnaby’ finds the shop where ‘Officina juncta mutata Uti fiet” nota certa Quae delineatur charta. –Halliwell-Phillips.

Here is the section in question.

A shop neighbouring neare Iacco,

Where Young vends his old Tobacco,

‘As you like it’ sometimes sealed

Which Impression since repealed,

‘As you make it,’ he will have it

And in Chart and Front engrave it.”

ESTC (RLIN),; T006263; Wither to Prior vol. I #78; 

Barnabae Itinerarium, Barnabees Journall, which in 1811 had not yet been attributed to Richard Braithwaite. Although the author of Barnabees Journall was unknown, Barnaby was commonly referred to as Barnaby Harrington because he was mistakenly associated with a town of that name. Insofar as the date of Bosworth’s birth is concerned, Allison had a reason for wishing Bosworth born no later than the early part of the seven- teenth century. In his 1805 edition of Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys, Joseph Haslewood calls attention to an occurrence in Part III where Bamaby seems to have been witness to an event that took place in York in 1634, (but at the age of) 8 at which date Bosworth/Barnaby (for so Allison almost certainly would have it) would have to be old enough to be on his drinking and wenching journeys.

Robin hood is also mentioned

“[Latin text:]
Veni Nottingam, tyrones
Sherwoodenses sunt Latrones,
Instar Robin Hood & Servi
Scarlet, & Johannes Parvi;

Passim, sparsim peculantur,
Cellis, Sylvis deprædantur.

[English text:]
Thence to Nottingam, where rovers
High-way riders, Sherwood drovers,
Like old Robin-Hood, and Scarlet,
Or like Little John his varlet;
Here and there they shew them doughty,
Cells and Woods to get their booty. “

Wither to Prior:

Shakespeare and Shakespeareana. CATALOGUE NO 493. Maggs Bros. 34 & 35, Conduit Street, New Bond Street, London, U.K.


[The principal authority for the life of Brathwaite is Joseph Haslewood, who published a very elaborate memoir and bibliography in 1820, as a preface to the ninth edition of Barnabee’s Journal. Some genealogical information has been supplied by Mr. W. Wiper of Manchester.]


2) The Nature of uncleanness consider’d:

484J   Jean Frédéric Ostervald (1663-1747) 

The nature of uncleanness consider’d: wherein is discoursed of the causes and consequences of this sin, and the duties of such as are under the guilt of it. To which is added, a discourse concerning the nature of chastity, and the means of obtaining it. By J. F. Ostervald, minister of the church of Neuschâtel, author of A treatise of the causes of the present corruption of christians, a catechism,&c

 London: printed for Printed for R(ebecca). Bonwicke, W. Freeman, Tim : Goodwin, J. Walthoe, M. Wotton, S. Manship, J. Nicholson, B. Took, R. Parker, and R. Smith . (1708). price: $2,500

Octavo : 20 x  cm.  , Signatures: A⁸ a-b⁸ B-S⁸ T⁴.  first and only edition  [4],xxxiv,[10],280p. Engrraved  frontis piece! Early calf binding, hansomly tooled spine . 

his is a very interesting of “clealness’ and it’s opposite. “His writings had a great influence, bearing spiritual renewal among Waldensian, Dutch, German, Hungarian and Scandinavian Protestants. Moreover, the English Royal Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts – of which he was a member – brought his teachings to the countries of the Middle East, India, Canada and the West-Indian Islands. His highly influential oeuvre was later called “the second Reformation”.

1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 20

“Yet never was more need of Difcourfes of this nature than now, when Wickednefs appears bare-fae’d, and too many are neither afraid nor alhamed to glory in it; as if it were a piece of Bravery, or a Jefting Matter, to bid Defiance to the Almighty, and daringly provoke him to his Face. When People come to this height of Impiety, it is high time to warn them of their exceilive Folly and Danger, and to intreat and befeech them to bethink themlelves in time, left the Wrath of God break forth upon them, and there be no efcaping. This is a dreadful Case, and may juftly be expefted to bring down heavy Judgments upon a People, where thefe Iniquities prevail, to make their Land mourn, and the Inhabitants thereof languid, or poffibly, as it fared with God’s own chofen People the Jews, to let them be no more a Nation.

Were they only the common and more ordinary Sins of this kind, fuch as Adultery. Fornication, &c. that we have caufe to complain of, thefe would miferably expofe us to the terrible Indignation of the Almighty, and the dire Effects of it. But to our Sorrow and Shame it muft be confefs’d, that yet more grievous Abominations are found amongft us, fuch as our Country had only heard of in former Ages, but which make too fad a noife in this, to the Terror and Ailonifhment of all the Faithful in the Land.”

English Short Title Catalog,; T86652


3) Polygraphice:

492J   Salmon, William. (1644-1713) 

Polygraphice: Or The Arts of Drawing, Engraving, Etching, Limning, Painting, Washing, Varnishing, Gilding, Colouring, Dying, Beautifying and Perfuming. In Four Books. Exemplified, in the Drawing of Men, Women, Landskips, Countries, and Figures of various forms; The way of Engraving, Etching, and Limning, with all their Requisites and Ornaments; The Depicting of the most eminent Pieces of Antiquities; The Paintings of the Antients; Washing of Maps, Globes, or Pictures; The Dying of Cloth, Silk, Horns, Bones, Wood, Glass Stones, and Metals; The Varnishing, Colouring and Gilding thereof, according to any purpose or intent; The Painting, Colouring and Beautifying of the Face, Skin and Hair; The whole Doctrine of Perfumes (never published till now,) together with the Original, Advancement and Perfection of the Art of Painting. To which is added, A Discourse of Perspective and Chiromancy. The Third Edition, with many large Additions: Adorned with Sculptures: The like never yet extant. By William Salmon Professor of Physick.

London: printed for A. and J. Churchill. And J. Nicholson,, 1701     Price $1,700

Octavo, 179 x 113 mm.   signatures: A-Z8, Aa-Dd8.   2v. (36,224,301-939,[1]p.), ( 19 of 23 plates. Missing plates have been reproduced (copy on old paper). XXIII plates :  port. ;  They are of an instructive nature, and depict animals, disembodied human parts and other difficult subjects for beginning artists. Some are quite surreal. The engravings are by the artists William Vaughn, W. Sherwin, and f.H. Van Hove, and are signed.  

This is an intriguing text whose scope is quite large. Because it will be difficult to even approach all of the subjects which our author describes in detail, let us begin with his own definition of ‘polygraphice.’ “Polygraphice is an Art, so much imitating nature, as that by proportional lines with answerable Colors, it teacheth to represent to the lie (and that in plano) the forms of all corporeal things, with their respective passions. It is called, in general, in Greek [Chromatium], in Latin Pictura, and in English the Art of Painting. It is sevenfold (to wit) in Drawing, Engraving, Etching, Limning, Painting, Washing and Coloring. Drawing is, that whereby we represent the shape and form of any corporeal substance in rude lines only. It consists in proportion and passion, as it hath relation to motion and situation, in respect of Light and Vision. Sanderson saith, This admirable Art is the Imitation of the surface of Nature in Color and Proportion. By Mathematical demonstration, by Chorographical description, by shapes of living creatures, and by the forms of Vegetables; in all which it prefers Likeness to the life, conserves it after death, and this altogether by the Sense of Seeing. The proportion shew the true length, breadth or bigness of any part (in known measures) in respect of the whole, and how they bear one to another: The passion represents the visual Quality, in respect of love or hatred, sorrow or joy, magnanimity or cowardise, majesty or humility; of all which things we shall speak in order.” And he does; the chapters following treat of every detail imaginable of these arts. Here are a few: Of the Instruments of Drawing; Of the Precepts of Drawing in general; Of the Imitation of Life; Of Drawing the Face of a Man; Of Drawing a Naked Body; The Ways and Manner of Shadowing; Of Expressing Passions in the Countenance; Drawing Animals; Landscapes; To Extend or Contract a Picture Keeping the Proportion; Of Perspective in General; and so on. These are just the chapters on drawing. He also covers etching, engraving, oil painting, in all describing techniques for making paints and materials, in addition to explaining how color ought to be applied and how particular subjects are to be painted or etched and engraved. He then describes how to make fake gems, how to gild glass, dye leather, write in silver letters on parchment, make sealing wax, ink, and so much more. He then describes different sorts of cosmetics, how they are made, their uses. Dying hair, removing ring worms from the skin, curing stinking breath, all are covered in detail. Our author then moves on to alchemistry, describing how lead should be convertible into gold, and other basic precepts of the alchemical philosophy; this section is followed by one on palm reading. There are many more things than these in this book, it is a treasure trove waiting to be plundered. Salmon’s published works covered an incredibly wide range of topics, including pharmacology, medicine, surgery, alchemy, chiromancy, astrology, almanacs, botany, cooking, and art.


4) The Kitchin-physician:

474J   (anon) T.K. Doctor in physick

The Kitchin-physician: or, A guide for good-housewives in maintaining their families in health. Wherein are described the natures, causes, and symptoms of all diseases inward and outward, incident to the bodies of men, women, and children. Prescribing natural, useful, an proper medicines both in physick and chirurgery, as well for the prevention as speedy cure of the said distempers. Adorned with sculptures, shewing the proper place of every distemper in the body. Published for the common good of city & country, by T.K. doctor in physick

London : printed for Samuel Lee, stationer, over against the Post-Office in Lumbard-street, 1680.        Price SOLD

Duodecimo 14 x 8 cm. A-F12. First and only edition. This copy is bound in its original full calf binding sewn on white alum tawed supports. This copy would best described as tatty, the edges are fragile and some pages have tears, not effecting legibility. It collates complete yet the title calls for ‘sculptures’ of the five recorded copies only the Sloan copy seems to have any plates and that is “The folded plate is a frontispiece captioned ‘Kitchin Physition’ with the undated imprint of Samuel Lee.”

Extremely Rare  ! five copies located worldwide: British Library, Oxford, Sloan collection,& U> Huntington Library, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine  

Wing  K20


Here from the Authors preface:

“I Have here set before your view, a prospect of the rich Garden of Nature, adorned with nothing but its own simple qualities; which at first was not obliged to any of the Learned to Translate it into Galenical Compositi∣ons, or any Artificial Experiments, but was made use on by our fore-Fathers, for their relief in Sickness and Malady, long before Physick was brought into a Professi∣on, and the Professors of it courted by the Ignorant, when they received (in ordinary and common Distempers) little more than a bare Complement from them, save one∣ly referring them to their Mother Nature, the true and original Healer of such Di∣seases. And although this small Attempt may receive Opposition from some mean∣spirited Physitians, whose Interest may be invaded by the Publication of it, and who are Impostors of Physick, with pretended Universal Medicines: Yet my design is, (though bred up a Physitian) to leave this as a Legacy to my Country, before my gray hairs go down to the Grave, purely to make them their own Physitians in ca∣ses not dubious, nor requiring the utmost improvement of Nature, into a well-digested  and consulted conclusion of Art.”

Here is an example of a ‘cure’

To take away Pockholes, and make the skin smooth. Take of the Oyl of St. Johns-herb one ounce, Venetian Turpentine half an ounce; melt it in a glazed pot, and as soon as it begins to boil, take it from the fire, and work it into a Salve; anoint therewith the scars and spots, continuing to do so till the holes be stopp’d. Or, take the stilled water of the white of Eggs, boyled hard with shells; of Snails, of Calves, of Weathers, of Goats-feet, of Bean-flour, Dragonwort, (i. e. Serpentaria.) These waters you shall use single, or mingled together, and with that bathe the face when you go to bed, having prepared the same with the steam or smoak of warm water: or, decoction of the chaff of Oats, Oyl of Dates, Flower-de-luce, Myrrha, (Pistacies.)

Or, take three Ounces of the Oyl of Flower-de-luce, Rosen, Capons-grease, of each one ounce; wash them well in Rose-water: add thereunto four whites of Eggs half boiled in their shells, Oyl of Sweet and Bitter Almonds planched, of each one ounce; pound them in a Marble Morter, mingling therewith a quarter of an ounce of the powder of Melon-seed; work it to a Salve.


5) The negociator’s magazine:

489J     Richard Hayes, (Accomptant and writing-master)

The negociator’s magazine: or, the exchanges anatomiz’d. In two parts. Part I. Shewing the different species and denominations of the moneys, and the meaning of the Agio’s practised in Foreign States, together with the current Prices of the Exchanges, and the Method to calculate them for most Places of Trastick in Europe. Part II. Containing plain instructions concerning bills of exchange, wherein is shewn what Method to take in most Cases that can happen in the usual Transactions and Occurrences of Trade. The second edition. By Richard Hayes, Accomptant and Writing-Master. 

London: : printed for, and sold by the author; by W. Meadows, and J. Brotherton in Cornhill; and by John Bowles, Map and Print Seller in Stacks-Market, 1724.       Price: 1,100  


Octav0 16 x ..cm. [16], 268 pages.   Second Edition, The first two editions are very rare, with only five and three copies being listed in ESTC: this is perhaps because the editions were small – there were certainly self-published, being advertised as printed ‘for the author’. The third edition is somewhat commoner (twelve listed) but it is still scarce and looks like being effectively the first obtainable edition.  Making this second edition quite desirable. Beginning in 1718, Richard Hayes wrote or compiled a number of practical guides to accountancy and book-keeping: his most-reprinted was Interest at One View (first edition 1732: at least 18 editions in ESTC), and among his other titles was Modern Book-Keeping (1739) and The Broker’s Breviat (1734). ESTC describes him as a writing-master as well as an accountant: the two trades certainly tended to coalesce at this time, clarity (if not necessarily beauty) in hand writing being an important accomplishment for book keepers and accountants.

ESTC; T109355; Kress,; 3554: OCLC, 20890689.: Hanson, 2548n