Purchas His Pilgrimage. Or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in All Ages and Places Discouvered ... in Four Parts.

London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1613.

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First edition. Numerous woodcut initials and ornaments. [28], 752, [20]pp Lacks terminal blank. Three preliminary leaves bound out of order preceding Aa. 1 vols. Folio. Full contemporary calf with central gilt arabesque ornament on upper cover. Rebacked, recased, minor staining and soling to title and first few leaves, covers detached. Inked ownership stamp on title (Charles Nice Davies), bookplate F.B.N. 3G4 repaired at upper outer cornerwith lost text supplied in early manuscript facsimile. Alden 613/106; Sabin 66678; ESTC S121937.

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Not to be confused with the author's "Pilgrimes" of 1625, this is primarily a religious geography which draws "mainly upon Ramusio and Hakluyt" according to Cox. Purchas devoted his entire life to collecting accounts of voyages around the world, as he states in his introduction: "I have laboured to reduce relations to their first Authors, setting their names to their allegations ... I have (to my great paines) contracted and epitomized whole volumes (and some very large) into one chapter." The eighth book of the work covers America.