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With the Rare Folding Map

The Principall 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: Divided into several parts, according to the positions of the Regions whereunto they were directed….

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

Price: $165,000.00


About the item

First edition, second issue. Folding engraved world map after Ortelius. [16],242,[2],243-501,[1],506-643,[12],644-825,[10]pp. plus folding map. With blank X4, verso of Yy6 blank, and Mmm4-12 (the "Drake leaves") bound between pages 643 and 644, printer's device on colophon leaf. 1 vols. Folio. With the Rare Folding Map. 18th-century calf, expertly rebacked to style by Bernard Middleton, spine in six compartments with raised bands, original red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration made up from massed small tools in gilt. Internally overall clean and fresh. Old tear on map skillfully repaired, lacking final blank, 2X2 and 3R3-4 with small tears in margins, paper-fault tear in 2X3. A very good copy. Provenance: Chevalier Ruspini (18th-century armorial bookplate). Church 139A; Alden & Landis 589/31; Sabin 29594; JCB (3) I:317-318; SHirley 167 (note); STC 12625; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 9; Streeter sale 28; Kraus, Drake 27; Arents, Additions 93; Hill 743.

Item #367084

The first edition, second issue of one of the greatest of all travel books, presenting for the first time the many narratives of exploration and travel compiled by Richard Hakluyt, in particular the spectacular feats of the British adventurers of the Elizabethan Age. This copy contains the very rare map, almost always lacking, described by Hakluyt in his address to the reader as "one of the best generall mappes of the world."

Comprehensive and accurate, the Hakluyt compilation is one of the classics of travel literature, and the first English collection of voyages. The first two parts of Hakluyt's text deal with British adventurers in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Europe. The third part is devoted to America and provides detailed (and in some cases the first) accounts of voyages in search of a Northwest Passage; settlements in the Carolinas, Virginia, and at Roanoke; exploits in Caribbean waters; and narratives of Cabot, Hawkins, Gilbert, Frobisher, Drake, Lane, Hariot, and others. The Drake narrative gives a complete account of the circumnavigation of 1577-80, including Drake's explorations on the California coast

Most notable in the text is the first appearance in print of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation, here present in the special six-leaf inserted form (between pages 643 and 644), lacking from many copies. This 1589 edition of Hakluyt is also very notable for the large amount of information on the "lost colony" of Roanoke, Virginia, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh. Included is the text of Thomas Hariot's "Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia," first published just a year before, in 1588, and appearing here in a voyage collection for the first time. There is also a wealth of other firsthand information on the failed venture, including an account of the first voyage to the region led by Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe, with their glowing account of the potential of Roanoke. Richard Grenville was the leader of the settlement, and he gives an account of his experiences there in 1585. There are also descriptions of voyages and experiences by colonists in 1586 and 1587, in all providing the earliest full account of the Roanoke adventure. This issue also contains the second version of the narrative of Sir Jerome Bowes' journey to Moscow (pp.491-501), replacing the first version which Hakluyt found incorrect.