English Reprints. 15
1 6. JAMES HOWELL,
Clerk of the Council to CHARLES I. ; afterwards Historiographer to
Instructions for Foreign Travel. 1642.
Instructions forforreine travelle. Shewing by what cotirs, and
in what compasse of time> one may take an exact Survey of the
Kingdomes and States of Christendoms, and arrive to the practical
knowledge of the Languages ^ to good purpose,
The MURRAY^ BJEDEKhR, and Practical Guide to the Grand Tour
of Europe, which, at that time, was considered the finishing touch to the
complete education of an English Gentleman.
The route sketched out by this delightfully quaint Wuter, is Fiance,
Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Holland. The
time allowed is 3 years and 4 months : the months to be spent in, travelling,
the yeais in residence at the different cities.
17. NICHOLAS UDALL,
Master, first of Eton College, then of Westminster School
Roister Doister. [1553-1566.]
This is believed to be the first true English Comedy that ever came to the
From the unique copy, which wants a title-page, now at Eton College ;
and which is thought to have been printed in 1566. *
RALPH ROISTER DOISTER.
GAWIN GOODLUCK, affianced to Dame CUSTANCE.
TRISTRAM TRUSTY, his friend.
DOBINET DOUGHTY, " boy " to ROISTER DOISTER.
TOM TRUEPENNY, servant to Dame CUSTANCE.
SIM SURESBY, servant to GOODLUCK,
Dame CHRISTIAN CUSTANCE, a, widow*
MARGERY MUMBLECRUST, her nurse.
1 8. A Monk of Evesham,
"the Revelation, &c. nS6[-i4io]. 1485.
11 Here begynnyth a marvellous reitelacion that was scheivyd
of almighty god by sent Nycholas to a monke of Euyshamme yn
the days of Kynge Richard thefyrst. And they ere of owre lord,
One of the rarest of English books punted by one of the earliest of English
printers, WILLIAM DE MACLINIA ; who printed this text about 1485, in the
lifetime of CAXTON.
The essence of the story is as old as It professes to be ; but contains later
additions, the orthography, being of about 1410. It is very devoutly written,
and contains a curious Vision of Purgatory
The writer is a prototype of BUNYAN ; and his description of the Gate in
the Crystal Wall of Heaven, and of the solemn and marvellously sweet
Peal of the Bells of Heaven that came to him through it, is very