12mo., pp. , iv, 231, , 233-348, ; the unnumbered leaf [L1] before page 233 is a divisional title-page, Directions for Travellers shewing the different Routes into France and Germany. Printed for the Company of Booksellers in London; an uncut copy in the original marbled wrappers, a little frayed, front cover coming loose, handwritten label.
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A new Travellers Companion through de [sic] Netherlands containing, a bref Account of all what is worth to be taken Notice on by a Stranger. With occasional Remarks on the State of their Trade, Forces, Revenues and Manners. Together with Directions relating to the Manner and Expences of travelling from one place to another likewise the different Ways, to Antwerpe, Bruxels, Paris, Francfort, Hanover, Aix la Chapelle, Spaw, &c.
First edition. The author, intending to spend the rest of his days in the United Provinces and at a loss for want of an exact description of each town and a guide to show how to travel from one to another, took delight in seeking out this information and in writing these sheets for the use of his countrymen. Despite the curious (printer’s) English of the title-page and throughout, the text is fluent and clearly written by a native speaker.
The first three chapters are devoted to a description of the country and general information about trade, taxes, religion and learning, coinage, weights and measures, and the like. Chapter IV describes the French and Austrian Netherlands (what is now Belgium). Chapters V-XI describe major towns, while the second part, Directions for Travellers, sets out itineraries with descriptions of other towns along the way, including routes through Germany. There are details of inns and public buildings, including Het Loo, ‘The Wood, and the Prince of Orange’s Palace … one of the greatest Ornaments of the Hague’. A surprising number of inns and hostelries cater to the English and have English names. One chapter details the times and costs of post wagons and boats, another the time the post arrives and goes out from the principal towns.
Among the booksellers of the Hague ‘is one whose name is Scheurleer, he keeps a publick Library of all sorts of books in various languages, where any one that Like’s to read may have what book he pleases, Either to buy, or to have it lent at a civil price, he speaks the French and English very well and seem’s to take a delight in being usefull to a stranger’.
ESTC finds copies at BL, Cambridge, Wellcome; Newberry, Library of Congress, Yale; McMaster and Canterbury University (New Zealand). It was reissued with a London imprint in 1756 (Ripley Castle and Huntington only).
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