Thomas Coryate: Coryats Crudities

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Coryats Crudities, Thomas Coryate's observations on Europe gathered during a five-month walking tour in 1608, was published in 1611. Coryate experienced difficulty obtaining a license for publication but defended the length of Crudities against one critic, insisting “that of the sixe hundred fiftie and foure pages (for indeede so many are in the booke) he shall find at the least five hundred worthy the reading.” Crudities comprises Coryate's descriptions of European cities, local history and architecture, interspersed with accidents, happy and unhappy, which befell him on his travels. The book also includes copies of letters, an oration on the art of travel, and so many transcriptions of inscriptions and …

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Craik, Katharine. "Coryats Crudities". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
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