The Epistle to the Reader

Title The Epistle to the Reader
in Coryats Crudities; Hastily Gobled up in five moneths Travells in France, Savoy, Italy, Rhetia co[m]monly called the Grisons Country, Helvetia alias Switzerland, some parts of High Germany, and the Netherlands; Newly Digested in the Hungry aire of Odcombe in the County of Somerset, & now Dispersed to the Nourishment of the Travelling Members of this Kingdome
Date 1611
Place London
Publisher Printed by W. S. [William Stansby]
Type Section in a travel account
Physical Description 4⁰ in 8s, pp. 655. The main text is preceded by copious 'Certaine opening and drawing Distiches' (which contain three of the apodemic texts) and followed by lengthy 'Posthuma Fragmenta Poematum Georgii Coryati' (the author's father).
Language English
Content Advice on educational benefits of travel
General discussion of the utility of travel
Antiquarian or historical interests
NotesCoryat repeats his desire to 'encourage gentlemen and lovers of travell to undertake journeys beyond the seas'. The general thrust of his argument is that travel is the sweetest of all pleasures because it allows you to see the best of all lands, the most beautiful cities, the best universities, the wisest of men, the holiest and most famous of places, but also because it encourages the learning of languages. He follows this with a brief account of biblical and classical travellers, and ends with examples of learning and experiences he has gained from his own travels. This epistle occurs at sigs. b2r-b8r.

'Coryats Crudities' (1611) appeared in only one edition. In 1611 a pirated version of its prefatory verses titled 'The Odcombian Banquet' appeared with a scurrilous preface attacking Coryat. ODNB states John Taylor may have been responsible.

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