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Hakluyt, Richard

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  • Hakluyt, Richard
  • The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by sea or over-land, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the earth. London: George Bishop, Ralph Newberie and Robert Barker, 1598-1599-1600
  • paper
folio ([vol.1-2] 288 x 185mm.; [vol.3] 272 x175mm.), second edition, first issue, 3 volumes bound in 2, Black Letter, seventeenth-century contemporary calf with later red morocco labels on spines, without map (as almost always), vol.1 without pp.607-619 as often (Essex's voyage to Cadiz, see footnote), vol.3 with title page cut down and mounted, and with occasional soiling and a few sidenotes shaved, bindings slightly rubbed, slight loss to head of spine of first volume


Richard Hall, contemporary signature on title to vol.1; Joseph Hall, later signature on same leaf; Edward William Vernon Harcourt (1825-91), armorial bookplate


Church 322; PMM 105; Sabin 29595-97; STC 12626

Catalogue Note

"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 second edition is much expanded compared with the first. Hakluyt himself never travelled further afield than France, but he met or corresponded with many of the great explorers, navigators and cartographers including Drake, Raleigh, Gilbert, Frobisher, Ortelius and Mercator.

In addition to long and significant descriptions of the Americas in volume 3, the work also contains accounts of Russia, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Middle East, Persia, India, south-east Asia, and Africa.

This copy is the first issue of the second edition with volume 1 dated 1598 and the title mentioning "the famous victorie atchieved at the citie of Cadiz". The account of the Earl of Essex's voyage to Cadiz (pp.607-619), which was ordered to be suppressed in 1599, and therefore is sometimes missing, is not present in this copy.

Copies in near contemporary bindings, such as this one, are uncommon.