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PRINCIPAL NAVIGATIONS, VOIAGES AND DISCOVERIES OF THE ENGLISH NATION, made by Sea or over Land, to the most remote and farthest distant Quarters of the earth at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres.The first, conteining the personall travels of the English vnto Indea, Syria, Arabia, the river Euphrates, Babylon.the Persian Gulfe.Egypt, the chiefest ports and place of Africa.The second.towards the North and Northeast by Sea, as of Lapland.Nova Zembla.Russia, the Caspian Sea, Georgia, Armenia, Media, Persia.Tartria.The third and last, including the English valiant attempts in serarching almost all the corners of the vaste and new world of America.to Newfoundland, the maine of Virginia, the point of Florida, Baie of Mexico, all th

Hakluyt Richard

Published by London George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, Deputies to Christopher Barker 1589, 1589
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First Edition of the First Hakluyt, a PMM book and "the Prose Epic of the English Nation". With the rare insertion of six leaves of "Sir Francis Drake’s Voyage" after p. 643. Large engraved and pictiorially decorated initials and elaborately engraved headpieces at the beginning of each book, finely engraved tailpieces to the last leaf of the first book and on the colophon leaf and a profusion of engraved initials throughout. Folio, bound in fine later red morocco, the covers with double gilt fillet lines, the spine with raised bands gilt stopped, separating the compartments, each of which is ruled with double gilt fillet lines. Three compartments with gilt letterwork, inside turnovers with a single gilt fillet line, all edges gilt. (16), 825, (8 Table, lacking one leaf of the table) pp. A pleasing and handsome and well preserved copy of this scarce and important work. Title-page laid down, a copy with provenance RARE FIRST EDITION AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND VERY SCARCE. A PMM WORK. THIS COPY WITH THE RARE INCLUSION OF DRAKE’S VOYAGE. Hakluyt’s greatest work, here in first edition format. This work has been called "the prose epic of the modern English nation" and is an invaluable treasure of material for the history of geographical exploration and colonization and has secured Hakluyt’s reputation for centuries. Book 3 is entirely devoted to the Americas, and as such is one of the earliest English books to cover the subject in any depth. Hakluyt was a foremost supporter of English exploration and colonization in the New World. Sabin calls this one of the most desirable books for a collection of Americana. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN cites Hakluyt’s book as an "enormous work.said to contain one million seven hundred thousand words (as) the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea.Hakluyt. inspired some of the great overseas explorations of his time and was one of the leading spirits in the Elizabethan maritime expansion. He met many of the great navigators---Drake, Raleigh, Gilbert, Frobisher and others---corresponded with Ortelius and Mercator and collected all the material on voyages he could find.He was a consultant to the East India Company and a patentee of the Virginia Company. He instigated numerous publications in the geographical literature of his time and suggested DeBry’s publication of John White’s drawings of America and Hariot’s TRUE REPORT which became Part I of De Bry’s great collection of voyages. His own manuscripts were used by Samuel Purchas for the HAKLUYTUS POSTHUMUS OR PURCHAS his PILGRIMES, the continuation of Hakluyt’s work published in five volumes in 1625. The historical importance of the work cannot be overstated. In the words of Bancroft, this collection "redounds as much to the glory of the English nation as any book that ever was published" and as Dibdin said, "All hail to thee, Richard Hakluyt". ‘With the present work Hakluyt meant to stimulate interest in recent explorations and discoveries. A great promotor of English colonization and commerce, his life was devoted to this cause. He methodically tried to achieve his vision of England"s potential which included the revival of England"s national glory through trade, the colonization of North America, and the growth of the British sea power through the education of seamen. Between 1580 and 1625 Hakluyt was directly or indirectly responsible for the translation and publication of 28 works on geography and exploration. He had a widely distributed network of scholars, publishers, and explorers in and out of England, with whom he exchanged information and ideas. Hakluyt worked hard to gather his information from the primary sources, and he usually provided citations of origins, which was a rare feature of contemporary historical research. Although Hakluyt had the opportunity, he did not use his work to make a strong plea to either the people or the crown to fulfill an imperial ambition. Even though a momentum was bui. Bookseller Inventory # 20513

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Title: PRINCIPAL NAVIGATIONS, VOIAGES AND ...

Publisher: London George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, Deputies to Christopher Barker 1589

Publication Date: 1589

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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