Rare 332-year-old book celebrating the wonders of Derbyshire found in home

A Hansons Auctioneers' representative with the book. Picture submitted.
A Hansons Auctioneers' representative with the book. Picture submitted.

A rare 332-year-old book promoting Derbyshire has been found at a house in Eyam.

The guide, which measures just 5in tall and is called The Wonders of the Peak, was discovered in a box packed with books.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

It is set to go up for auction later this month.

Charles Hanson, director of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “The book was printed when Charles II was King of England and less than 20 years after the Great Fire of London. The book was more than 100-years-old before the French Revolution.

“The book certainly advocates Derbyshire and the Peak District,” he added.

It is noted in 1683 that the ‘Darbies Peak does rise as the English Alps’.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

The Peak District is described as being ‘a lofty mountain which guards from the assaults of the rough Eastern wind. From the rugged cliffs which shut out the day behind a pleasant garden does appear’.

To promote the Peak District in 1683, the guide remarks on refreshments which can be enjoyed: ‘From the darksome shade by candle light our meats coveyd. Mutton is taken and from tej same sheep mutton is taken and laid. Smoking Lyon is had not drawn from the spit. Rich wine or ale in black pots is drunk. We drink good nappy ale. Tobacco can then drive off sleep. When we arose from sleep to the warm bath and then nine hours sleep.’

The book’s author Thomas Hobbs is described as being a ‘person of quality’.

The auction will take place at 10.30am on Monday, January 25.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

Viewing for the auction is between 11am and 7pm on Wednesday, January 20.

For more information, contact Charles Hanson on 01283 733988.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.

Inside the book. Picture submitted.