[EVELYN, John (1620-1706)]
A Journey to England. With some account of the Manners and Customs of that Nation. Written at the Command of a Nobleman in France. Made English
London: Printed and Sold by A. Baldwin, 1700. 8vo. (7 1/2 x 4 3/8 inches). Half-title. , 35, pp.
Early pink paper wrappers
Provenance: Robert Pirie (bookplate)
The "translation" is sometimes misattributed to satirist William King, though the work was written anonymously by John Evelyn and first published in 1659 under the title Character of England. The work includes much on taverns and innkeepers ("so prodigious a number of Houses where they sell a certain Drink called Ales, that I think a good half of the Inhabitant may be denominated Ale-House-Keepers"), the insolence of dancing masters, surley Lords, highway robbers and many other complaints about the national characteristics. "[Evelyn] is very difficult to please" (Keynes). Three editions were published in 1659, with the present fourth edition with altered title published in 1700, evidently intended to confuse readers into thinking it related to William King's anonymously authored 1698 satire of Lister titled Journey to London, also published by A. Baldwin.
Wing E3490A; ESTC R219623; Keynes, Evelyn 16a.