Felltham, Owen, 1602?-1668.
Three weekes observations of the states countries especially Holland, [ca. 1640].
Manuscript on paper, in a single secretary hand, of this Englishman's description of the land and people of the Low Countries, including comments upon their character, fashion, diet, work habits, and religious and political practices. The government is described as "a democracy, and there had need be many to rule such a rabble of rude ones"(p. 29). Includes a disapproving commentary on the relationship of religion to the state: "Whosoever disturbs the civill governement is lyable to punishment, but the decrees of heaven anyone may breake, by professing what false religion he will"(p. 32).
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In English.
First printed in 1652 as "A brief Character of the Low Countries under the States Being three weeks observation of the Vices and and Vertues of the Inhabitants;" the author's name appears in 1661 edition.
Pages have been repaired.
4 gatherings, sewn together.
Owen Feltham, Three Weekes Observations of the States Countries Especially Holland. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Felltham, Owen, 1602?-1668.
Travelers' writings, English.
Netherlands -- Description and travel.
Netherlands -- Foreign public opinion, British.
Netherlands -- Politics and government -- 1556-1648.
Netherlands -- Politics and government -- 1648-1714.
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