James Drake

(1667—1707) political and medical writer

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James D. Drake. The Nation's Nature: How Continental Presumptions Gave Rise to the United States of America.

376.2. ⟨Sa.⟩ 4 Feb. ⟨'75⟩. Mrs. Thrale. James F. Drake of New York (not seen).—Extracts in Drake catalogue (? early 1930), 107; the letter is in a copy of the first edition of Rasselas. ‘The letter speaks of the famous Club and of Mr. Hoole … and his play “Cleonice”…. The letter reads in part:’

Caspar Schwenckfeld: Eight Writings on Christian Beliefs. Edited by H. H. Drake Williams III. Translated by Edward J. Furcha, James Grant Gebbie, Elmer S. Gerhard, Fred A. Grater, David W. McKinley, Christian Ambler Williams, and H. H. Drake Williams III. Foreword by David F. Wells.

King Philips War: Civil War in New England, 1675–1676. By James D. Drake. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999. x, 257 pp. Cloth, $50.00, ISBN 1-55849-223-2. Paper, $16.95, ISBN 1-55849-224-0.)

James D. Drake. King Philip's War: Civil War in New England, 1675–1676. (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, and the Contemporary.) Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 1999. Pp. vii, 257. Cloth $50.00, paper $16.95


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Drake was born in Cambridge in 1667, exact date unknown, and died in London on 2 March 1707. He was educated at Wivelingham and then Eton before attending Caius College, Cambridge, from which he received an MA in 1687. Drake then embarked on the study of medicine, moving to London and taking his MD degree in 1694. He was particularly interested in the study of anatomy, and his work resulted in his being elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1701, and of the College of Physicians five years later. His Anthropologia Nova, or a New System of Anatomy, published in 1707, became a standard work in its field and went through several editions. Drake also had pretensions to being a dramatist, but seems to have produced only one play, The Sham Lawyer, in 1697. He was, however, among those who defended English theatre against Jeremy Collier, rebutting the latter's Short View on the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage in his The Antient and Modern Stages Reviewed (1700).


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