The works of Francis Osborn Esq; Divine. Moral. Historical. Political. 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. The seventh edition. London: printed for R.D. and are to be sold by Allen Bancks, at the sign of St. Peter at the west end of St. Pauls, 1673. 8mo. Pagination irregular viz: , 127, [15 (-K2)], 145-250, , 263-345 , 351-408, , 409-466, , 467-547, , 549-573,  581-602, 503-566, 667-695, 694-695. Page 305 misnumbered 395: 465 misnumbered 495. Contemporary calf, with old paper label. The front and rear pastedown are made from an earlier publication, a classical work [?Theocrates] with a commentary in black letter, in double column, with several annotations in an early hand to the reused leaves (see photos). Contemporary signature of James Betton to title page, and pithy annotations by him on page 7, 439, 442, 491, and qq2r: eg ‘The usual consequences of Court favours’; ‘The Jesuits the authors of the Queen’s incontinence’. Please note, leaf K2 - the part title to Part Two of Advice to a Son dated 1672- is not present, as occasionally in this printing, having been removed for reasons which are not now clear (Cf the Michigan Library copy on Hathi). Occasional light staining, as if sometime having become wet, but overall clean and in good condition (please see photos).
A very interesting work, and most difficult to find in such contemporary condition. Osbourne's essays cover various subjects: morals and advice to a son: reflections on the Turks; historical memoirs of Elizabeth I, and King James, a essays on Machiavelli, the death of Nero, conjectural queries on reason, speech and learning, and so on. Osbourne's work was well-received in his life-time, and he counted Thomas Hobbes amongst his friends. Johnson later rather discounted him. Osbourne was on the parliamentary side during the Civil War: this edition was the object of some censure for the political views that it expressed.
Author [Osbourne] Osborn, Francis.
Binding Contemporary calf: earlier publication used as endpapers.
Publisher printed for R.D. and are to be sold by Allen Bancks