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Routledge is pleased to be the publisher for the Hakluyt Society.

The Hakluyt Society has for its object the advancement of knowledge and education, particularly in relation to the understanding of world history. The society publishes scholarly editions of primary sources on the 'Voyages and Travels' undertaken by individuals from many parts of the globe. These address the geography, ethnology and natural history of the regions visited, covering all continents and every period over the last two thousand years. Such texts, many previously available only in manuscript or in unedited publications in languages other than English, are the essential records of the stages of inter-continental and inter-cultural encounter.

Established in 1846, the Society has to date published over 350 volumes. All editions are in English. Although a substantial number of the Society's past editions relate to British ventures, with documentary sources in English, the majority concern non-British enterprises and are based on texts in languages other than English. Material originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French or Dutch has regularly appeared, material in Russian, Greek, Latin, Ethiopic, Chinese, Persian or Arabic occasionally.

All editions contain an introduction and scholarly annotation, giving both the general reader and the student a degree of assistance in understanding the material and providing guidance on the relevance of the episodes described, within the context of global development and world history. Volumes are often generously furnished with maps and contemporary illustrations.

Information about the Society may be obtained from the Administrative Assistant at the following address:

Hakluyt Society, c/o Map Library, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DG, UK

Email: [email protected]

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The Historye of the Bermudaes or Summer Islands

The Historye of the Bermudaes or Summer Islands

1st Edition

Edited By Sir J. Henry Lefroy
July 28, 2010

The account relating to 1609-1622 by Nathaniel Butler, edited, from a MS. in the Sloane Collection, British Museum. Additional documents include a note on constitutional procedure at the first General Assembly held at St George's, 1 August 1620. The supplementary material consists of the 1882 ...

Early Voyages to Terra Australis, now called Australia A Collection of Documents, and Extracts from early Manuscript Maps, illustrative of the History of Discovery on the Coasts of that vast Island, from the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century to the Time of Captain Cook

Early Voyages to Terra Australis, now called Australia: A Collection of Documents, and Extracts from early Manuscript Maps, illustrative of the History of Discovery on the Coasts of that vast Island, from the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century to the Time of Captain Cook

1st Edition

Edited By R.H. Major
July 28, 2010

From Spanish and Dutch sources and relating to Spanish and Dutch enterprises, edited, with an introduction - a separate pamphlet dated 1861 and containing an article by Major on the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume ...

History of the New World, by Girolamo Benzoni, of Milan Shewing his Travels in America, from A.D. 1541 to 1556: with some Particulars of the Island of Canary

History of the New World, by Girolamo Benzoni, of Milan: Shewing his Travels in America, from A.D. 1541 to 1556: with some Particulars of the Island of Canary

1st Edition

Edited By W.H. Smyth
July 28, 2010

Translated from the text originally published at Venice, 1572. The supplementary material consists of the 1857 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1857....

A Collection of Documents on Spitzbergen and Greenland Comprising a translation from F. Martens' Voyage to Spitzbergen: a Translation from Isaac de la Peyrère's Histoire du Groenland: and God's Power and Providence in the Preservation of Eight Men in Greenland Nine Months and Twelve Days

A Collection of Documents on Spitzbergen and Greenland: Comprising a translation from F. Martens' Voyage to Spitzbergen: a Translation from Isaac de la Peyrère's Histoire du Groenland: and God's Power and Providence in the Preservation of Eight Men in Greenland Nine Months and Twelve Days

1st Edition

Edited By Adam White
July 28, 2010

The first text is from an English collection published in 1694; the second from the Relation du Groenland, Paris, 1663; the third is the text of Edward Pelham's tract, London, 1631. The supplementary material consists of the 1855 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of ...

A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar in the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century, by Duarte Barbosa, a Portuguese

A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar in the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century, by Duarte Barbosa, a Portuguese

1st Edition

Edited By Henry E.J. Stanley
July 28, 2010

Translated from an Early Spanish Manuscript in the Barcelona Library, with Notes and a Preface from the Text written c. 1514. For a revised edition, see Second Series 44, 49. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1866....

A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama, 1497-1499

A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama, 1497-1499

1st Edition

Edited By E.G. Ravenstein
July 28, 2010

Translated and Edited, with Notes, an Introduction and Appendices. Includes also letters of King Manuel and Girolamo Sernigi, 1499, and early seventeenth-century Portuguese accounts of da Gama's first voyage. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1898. ...

A Narrative of Italian Travels in Persia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

A Narrative of Italian Travels in Persia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

1st Edition

Edited By Charles Grey
July 28, 2010

This volume contains the translations of the following accounts: Travels in Persia, by Caterino Zeno; A short narrative of the life and acts of the King Ussun Cassano, by G. M. Angiolello; The travels of a merchant in Persia; Narrative of ... V. d'Alessandri, ambassador to the King of Persia. The ...

A true Description of three Voyages by the North-East towards Cathay and China, undertaken by the Dutch in the Years 1594, 1595, and 1596, by Gerrit de Veer Published at Amsterdam in the Year 1598, and in 1609 translated into English by William Phillip

A true Description of three Voyages by the North-East towards Cathay and China, undertaken by the Dutch in the Years 1594, 1595, and 1596, by Gerrit de Veer: Published at Amsterdam in the Year 1598, and in 1609 translated into English by William Phillip

1st Edition

Edited By Charles T. Beke
July 28, 2010

With an appendix of documents printed by Hakluyt and Purchas. Revised in First Series 54. The plates are taken from the German edition of De Bry, 1599, and are copies of the original Amsterdam edition. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1853....

Cathay and the Way Thither, Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China Volume I

Cathay and the Way Thither, Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China: Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By Henry Yule
May 15, 2017

'Translated and Edited with a Preliminary Essay on the Intercourse between China and the Western Nations previous to the Discovery of the Cape Route'. Containing the travels of Friar Odoric of Pordenone, 1316-30, and letters and reports from missionary friars from Cathay and India, 1292-1338, in ...

Danish Arctic Expeditions, 1605 to 1620 In Two Books. Book I - The Danish Expeditions to Greenland in 1605, 1606, and 1607; to which is added Captain James Hall's Voyage to Greenland in 1612

Danish Arctic Expeditions, 1605 to 1620: In Two Books. Book I - The Danish Expeditions to Greenland in 1605, 1606, and 1607; to which is added Captain James Hall's Voyage to Greenland in 1612

1st Edition

Edited By C.C.A. Gosch
May 15, 2017

Continued in First Series 97. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1897....

Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory in Japan 1615-1622 with Correspondence Volume II

Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory in Japan 1615-1622 with Correspondence: Volume II

1st Edition

Edited By Edward Maunde Thompson
July 28, 2010

Continues from First Series 67, with the years 1618-1622, .together with Cocks's correspondence with the East India Company and others. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1883....

Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory in Japan 1615-1622, with Correspondence Volume I

Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-Merchant in the English Factory in Japan 1615-1622, with Correspondence: Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By Edward Maunde Thompson
July 28, 2010

Ends December 1617. Continued to 1622 in the following volume (First Series 67). This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1883....

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