The Works of Francis Osborn, Esq.; Divine. Historical. Moral. Political. Francis Osborn Esq.
The Works of Francis Osborn, Esq.; Divine. Historical. Moral. Political

The Works of Francis Osborn, Esq.; Divine. Historical. Moral. Political

London: Printed for R.D., 1682. Eighth Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. [14], 628, [2] pp. Contemporary calf, spine in five compartments, marbled-edge textblock. Completing the title page: In four several tracts viz. 1. Advice to a son, in two parts. 2. Political reflections on the government of the Turks, &c. 3. Memoires on Q. Elizabeth and K. James. 4. A Miscellany of essays, paradoxes, problematical discourses, letters, characters, &c. Osborn's most significant publication. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, this work was popular among young scholars at Oxford and went on to be an influential compendium of advice to a young Samuel Pepys. The book notably contained misogynist advice, as Osborn warned his son to be wary of women and their wiles (even though Osborn himself had three daughters). This triggered a literary response in the form of John Heydon's Advice to a Daughter (supposedly published in the same year). Osborn's work reached five editions in its first two years of publication (the first edition being released in two parts, one in 1656, then 1658). Lee, Sidney, :Osborne, Francis (1593-1659)", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900. A compendium that reflects what was considered "common sense" for a young gentleman in the middle of Stuart-era England. Good. Item #00008794

A Good only copy with the leather on the front joint worn away, exposing the rope ties, some loss to the top of the spine and a few owner's markings.

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