Publisher Information: London: Charles Mearne, 1684.
Browne, Thomas (1605-82). Certain miscellany tracts. , 215, pp. Lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait. London: Charles Mearne; Henry Bonwick, 1684. 171 x 113 mm. Half morocco, marbled boards ca. 1684, rebacked, some rubbing and edgewear. Moderate foxing and toning, inner margin of front free endpaper repaired, upper corners of last few leaves chipped, but good to very good. Inscribed by Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) on the front free endpaper: “Edwin Marshall Deery with Christmas greetings from Harvey Cushing P.B.B.H. 1928.” Pencil note in Cushing’s hand on the rear free endpaper: “B H Blackwell Oxford 12/6.”
First Edition, second issue with the title dated 1684 and imprint reading “Printed for Charles Mearne, and are to be sold by Henry Bonwick, at the Red Lyon in St. Paul’s Church-Yard.” This copy was given as a Christmas gift by Cushing to fellow neurosurgeon Edwin Marshall Deery of New York; according to Cushing’s pencil note in the back, he had purchased it from B. H. Blackwell in Oxford for twelve shillings and sixpence.
The second issue of Certain Miscellany Tracts consists of the sheets of the 1683 first issue with a new title-leaf. “The Miscellany Tracts were edited shortly after their author’s death by Archbishop Tenison, to whom Browne’s own transcripts were handed by his son . . . They were in fact written as answers to enquiries addressed to Browne by various correspondents” (Keynes, p. 91). Keynes, A Bibliography of Sir Thomas Browne, no. 128.Book Id: 46285