"Penson's short progress into Holland, Flanders, and France, with remarques, written by Thomas Penson, Anno Domini 1690", and account of a tour made in the second half of 1687. Edit




  • 1690. (Creation)


  • 77 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1943, with MSS.3001-3002, 3004-3007, by the Committee of the Edinburgh Book Salvage Drive, through the City Librarian.

  • Arrangement

    ii + 75 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The places described in most detail are Rotterdam, Delft, Leyden, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Lille, Paris, and Versailles. Thomas Penson describes monuments and other sights, sometimes very fully (e.g., the museum of the Academy at Leyden), institutions, ceremonies, the life of the people, and his personal experiences and difficulties as a traveller.

    The book, which appears to have been written only for distribution in manuscript, is decorated with illustrations and other ornaments, all probably from the hand of Penson, who is described as a 'Herald painter' (folio 75). At the end are poems eulogizing Penson by Payne Fisher (folio 73), Simon Segar (folio 73 verso), Joshua Bames (folio 75), and others.