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THE PRINCIPAL NAVIGATIONS, VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES OF THE ENGLISH NATION, MADE BY SEA OR OVERLAND, TO THE REMOTE AND FARTHEST DISTANT QUARTERS OF THE EARTH AT ANY TIME WITHIN THE COMPASSE OF THESE 1600 YERES
London, 1600. Folio. 18th-century calf, rebacked with original spines neatly laid down. Slight edge wear. Two older bookplates on each front pastedown. Two unobtrusive early ownership signatures on titlepage of first volume. Very good. The second edition, greatly expanded from the single- volume original version of Hakluyt's voyages, with the 1599 titlepage and with the suppressed leaves relating the voyage to Cadiz from the 1720 reprint. The titlepage of the second volume reads "Hackluyt" and "1599" with line 7 reading "these 1600.yeres." This second edition is an entirely different book from the initial 1589 compilation, more than doubling it in content. "This [second edition] was indeed Hakluyt's monumental masterpiece....Much that was new and important was included: the travels of Newbery and Fitch, Lancaster's first voyage, the new achievements in the Spanish Main, and particularly Ralegh's tropical adventures....The book must always remain a great work of history, and a great sourcebook of geography, while the accounts themselves constitute a body of narrative literature which is of the highest value in understanding the spirit of the tendencies of the Tudor age" - Penrose. "It is difficult to overrate the importance and value of this extraordinary collection of voyages" - Sabin. "...An invaluable treasure of nautical information which has affixed to Hakluyt's name a brilliancy of reputation which time can never efface or obscure" - Church. Hakluyt's collection will always be the primary source for the history of early British exploration, as well as one of the gems of Elizabethan letters. Hakluyt took such patriotic pride in his countrymen's exploits in the fields of travel and adventure that he devoted his life to preserving the records of all British voyages, and to advancing further means for the promotion of wealth and commerce for the nation. "Hakluyt was a vigorous propagandist and empire-builder; his purpose was to further British expansion overseas. He saw Britain's greatest opportunity in the colonization of America, which he advocated chiefly for economic reasons, but also to spread Protestantism, and to oust Spain" - Hill. The third volume is devoted almost entirely to the Americas, the South Seas, and various circumnavigations of the world. It includes the accounts of Niza, Coronado, Ruiz, and Espejo relating to New Mexico; Ulloa, Drake, and others concerning California; and Raleigh's account of Guiana. Volume I of this set contains the circa 1720 reprint of the rare "Voyage to Cadiz" (pp.607-620), often lacking due to its suppression by order of Queen Elizabeth after the disgrace of the Earl of Essex; and with the second state of the Volume I titlepage. The reason for the existence of several states of these "Cadiz" leaves was the fall from royal favor of the Earl of Essex, who returned to England from Ireland without leave in 1599. The original titlepage, dated 1598, had made mention of Essex's "famous victorie atchieued at the citie of Cadiz," and so it was quickly replaced with the present version (dated 1599), which makes no mention of Cadiz. Normally the seven Cadiz leaves were simply removed from the end of the first volume. As usual, this set does not contain the world map, which is almost always missing and was only actually issued with a handful of copies. Church was able to trace just thirteen copies of the map, a figure that Quinn in his census for THE HAKLUYT HANDBOOK could only increase to nineteen out of the total of 240 copies of the book that have been located, most of them held by institutions. Quinn remarks that even allowing for the ravages of time, this "survival rate is sufficiently low to raise the possibility that not all copies were equipped with the map, either because it was made available after many sets had been sold (which would mean that its date might be later than 1599), or because it was an optional extra supplied at additional cost." The greatest assemblage of travel accounts and navigations to all parts of the world collected up to its time, and a primary source for early New World exploration. This volume contains 243 narratives of voyages and travels in the New World, consisting of some one million seven hundred thousand words.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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