513J Anon. R. B., approximately 1632-approximately 1725.
Extraordinary adventures, revolutions & events. Being An Account of divers Stupendious Accidents, Strange Deliverances; Signal Mutations in the Fortunes of several famous Men; and Changes of Government in many Countries. With other Observable Passages in divers Kingdoms, States and Provinces throughout the World. Enlivened with pictures, for their better illustration. By R. B
London : printed for Nath. Crouch, at the Bell over-against Grocers-Alley, in the Poultry, near Cheapside, 1704. $1,200
Duodecimo; x. cm signatures: A-H¹². Type changes to a smaller typeface, p. 183-187. Publisher’s ads  p. at end. With woodcut frontice piece and three full page woodcuts. The third edition. R. B. = R. Burton, i.e. the pseudonym of Nathaniel Crouch.- With an additional engraved title page. this copy is bound in full modern calf.
“The entertaining and useful works of that almost universal and popular historiographer, Robert Burton, who published in the latter end of the last and beginning of the present Century, being out of print and very scarce, it would be doing to the public, and especially to young persons, a real service, if they were all reprinted and preserved from oblivion.” *
An interesting development in this book is that Crouch has included rather corse bibliographic attributions after each passage, i.e. “Heylins Cosmog. pag. 626”
It is curious that, although Crouch was in the trade, the first of his books with the pseudonym of “R. B.” was issued by a brother publisher.”*
*Book-lore: A Magazine Devoted to Old Time Literature, Volume 1 London Elliot Stock, 1885
English Short Title Catalog, T71200.
Copies in America: Indiana University, Princeton, McMaster U, U. of North Carolina, U. of Texas at Austin, U. of Toronto.
Leave a Reply