Ex-Classics Web Site
- A Tour in Lapland, by Carl Linnaeus
Linnaeus embarked on a journey to the far north of Sweden, an area
considered as remote as Borneo by the sophisticates of Stockholm.
The major product of this expedition was Flora Lapponica, a
detailed account of the plants of the region, in which he first made
extensive use of his binominal system of plant nomenclature, which is
now universal. He also kept a journal in which he included his
observations on the land, the people and their customs. Translated into
English, it was published in 1808 under the title Lachesis Lapponica.
- A Revealed Knowledge, by John Wright
In 1789, two seekers after religious truth, John Wright, carpenter, and William Bryan, engraver, were
instructed by the spirit to go to Avignon in France and there meet a
group of disciples of the mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite
having no money and no word of French, they set out and after various
adventures reached their destination. They stayed there for seveal
months. On their return, Wright published his account of their journey
and what they had learned under the title
knowledge of some things that will speedily be fulfilled in the world,
communicated to a number of Christians, brought together at Avignon, by the
power of the spirit of God, from all nations.
- A Cromwellian Cookbook
In 1665, a curious book called The Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth, Commonly Called Joan Cromwell, the Wife of the Late Usurper was
published in London. It is a genuine cookery book but in addition to
the recipes there is a great deal of anti-Cromwellian abuse
interspersed with the recipes. See here for further details.
- Camden's Britannia
published in Latin in 1586, this immense tome was the
first guidebook and gazeteer of Britain, or "chorography" in the
language of the time. In his own words "I have attained to some skill of the most ancient British and
Anglo-Saxon tongues; I have travelled over all England for the most
part, I have conferred with most skilful observers in each county…. I
have been diligent in the records of this realm. I have looked into most
libraries, registers and memorials of churches, cities and
corporations, I have pored upon many an old roll and evidence".
The book was soon translated into English, and was immensely popular
in many subsequent translations and expanded editions. Part of our
Gossip in a Library project -- see here for Gosse's article.
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