Lot 578
  • 578

Hakluyt, Richard

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146,500 GBP
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  • Hakluyt, Richard
  • The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or over Land. London: George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, 1589
  • paper
FIRST EDITION, folio (280 x 183mm.), [xvi], 643, [xii Drake leaves], 644-825, [x] pp., mostly Black Letter, folding engraved world map after Ortelius, nineteenth-century (c.1840) black cross-grained morocco by Hering (Newman St.), full gilt spine and covers, gilt edges, first and last leaf slightly soiled, M2 headline just shaved, M5-6 with slight damage to headlines, marginal repair to last few leaves

An attractive copy with the map, which is often missing, of the "the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethans" (PMM).

This copy includes the six unpaginated Drake leaves recording his circumnavigation, inserted between pages 643 and 644 ("The famous voyage of Sir Francis Drake into the South Sea, and there hence about the whole Globe of the Earth"), which were evidently printed after the rest of the book had been completed. They are present in most, but not all copies, and may have been added a few years after publication, perhaps due to censorship or to Drake's disgrace after his failed Portuguese expedition.

The account of Bowes's embassy to Russia (p.491) is in its second state. This substitution is thought to have occurred at the behest of the Muscovy Company, fearful that Bowes's original narrative might be prejudicial to its future dealings with the Tsar (see Payne, Richard Hakluyt, 2008).


Church 139-139A; PMM 105 (second edition); STC 12625; Sabin 29594; Shirley 167; Staton & Tremaine 12