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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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Narrative of the Proceedings of Pedrarias Davila in the Provinces of Tierra Firme or Castilla del Oro And of the Discovery of the South Sea and the Coasts of Peru and Nicaragua. Written by the Adelantado Pascual de Andagoya

Narrative of the Proceedings of Pedrarias Davila in the Provinces of Tierra Firme or Castilla del Oro: And of the Discovery of the South Sea and the Coasts of Peru and Nicaragua. Written by the Adelantado Pascual de Andagoya

1st Edition

Edited By Clements R. Markham
July 28, 2010

Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, from the Text written c. 1514. The supplementary material includes the 1865 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1865....

Narratives of Voyages towards the North-West, in Search of a Passage to Cathay and India, 1496 to 1631 With Selections from the early Records of the Honourable the East India Company and from MSS. in the British Museum

Narratives of Voyages towards the North-West, in Search of a Passage to Cathay and India, 1496 to 1631: With Selections from the early Records of the Honourable the East India Company and from MSS. in the British Museum

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Rundall
July 28, 2010

This work contains accounts of the voyages of Cabot, Davis, Frobisher, and others, drawn chiefly from the works of Hakluyt, Purchas, Harris and Foxe. The supplementary material includes the 1848 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1849....

Narratives of the Rites and Laws of the Yncas

Narratives of the Rites and Laws of the Yncas

1st Edition

Edited By Clements R. Markham
July 28, 2010

Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscripts, and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction. Texts include: An account of the fables and rites of the Yncas, by Cristóbal de Molina, c. 1570-84,; An account of the antiquities of Peru, by Juan de Santa Cruz Pachacuti-Yamqui Salcamayhua [an Indian], c...

Narratives of the Voyages of Pedro Sarmiento de Gambóa to the Straits of Magellan

Narratives of the Voyages of Pedro Sarmiento de Gambóa to the Straits of Magellan

1st Edition

Edited By Clements R. Markham
July 28, 2010

The volume covers the voyages of 1579-1589, translated and edited, with notes and an introduction. The supplementary material includes the 1894 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1895....

Notes upon Russia: Being a Translation of the earliest Account of that Country, entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum commentarii, by the Baron Sigismund von Herberstein Ambassador from the Court of Germany to the Grand Psrince Vasiley Ivanovich, in the years 1517 and 1526

Notes upon Russia: Being a Translation of the earliest Account of that Country, entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum commentarii, by the Baron Sigismund von Herberstein: Ambassador from the Court of Germany to the Grand Psrince Vasiley Ivanovich, in the years 1517 and 1526

1st Edition

Edited By R.H. Major
May 15, 2017

Translated and edited, with notes and an introduction. The first edition of the Commentarii appeared in Vienna in 1549, but it is not clear which edition was used for this translation. Continued in First Series 12. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in ...

Russia at the Close of the Sixteenth Century Comprising the Treatise 'Of the Russe Common Wealth,' by Dr Giles Fletcher; and The Travels of Sir Jerome Horsey, Knight, now for the first time printed entire from his own Manuscript

Russia at the Close of the Sixteenth Century: Comprising the Treatise 'Of the Russe Common Wealth,' by Dr Giles Fletcher; and The Travels of Sir Jerome Horsey, Knight, now for the first time printed entire from his own Manuscript

1st Edition

Edited By Edward A. Bond
July 28, 2010

The first text is a reprint of the London, 1591, edition; the second relates to the late sixteenth century. With additional documents descriptive of Russia and the missions of the two writers. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1856....

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus with other Original Documents relating to this Four Voyages to the New World

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus with other Original Documents relating to this Four Voyages to the New World

2nd Edition

Edited By R.H. Major
July 28, 2010

A revised translation of the documents in First Series 2, with the editor's reply to J. A. Froude's strictures on the earlier edition in the Westminster Review (1852) and in his Short Studies on Great Subjects, vol. 2. Contains the following: Introduction.--Dati, G. La lettera dellisole che ha ...

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with other Original Documents, relating to his Four Voyages to the New World

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with other Original Documents, relating to his Four Voyages to the New World

1st Edition

Edited By R.H. Major
July 28, 2010

This volume brings together, translated and edited by R.H. Major, five letters by Columbus describing his first, third, and fourth voyages; another by Dr Chanca, physician, descriptive of the second voyage; and an extract from the will of Diego Mendez, one of Columbus's officers on the fourth ...

Sir Francis Drake his Voyage, 1595, by Thomas Maynarde Together with the Spanish Account of Drake's Attack on Puerto Rico

Sir Francis Drake his Voyage, 1595, by Thomas Maynarde: Together with the Spanish Account of Drake's Attack on Puerto Rico

1st Edition

Edited By W.D. Cooley
July 28, 2010

This is edited from the original manuscripts, along with a translation of the Spanish document 'Relacion de lo sucedido en San Juan de Puerto Rico de las Yudias, con la armada ynglesa del cargo de Francis Draque y Juan Aquines, a los 23rd [!] de noviembre de 1595'. The volume is the first to ...

The Canarian, or, Book of the Conquest and Conversion of the Canarians in the Year 1402, by Messire Jean de Bethencourt, Kt. Lord of the Manors of Bethencourt, Reville, Gourret, and Grainville de Teinturière, Baron of St. Martin le Gaillard, Councillor and Chamberlain in Ordinary to Charles V and Charles VI, composed by Pierre Bontier, Monk, and Jean le Verrier, Priest

The Canarian, or, Book of the Conquest and Conversion of the Canarians in the Year 1402, by Messire Jean de Bethencourt, Kt.: Lord of the Manors of Bethencourt, Reville, Gourret, and Grainville de Teinturière, Baron of St. Martin le Gaillard, Councillor and Chamberlain in Ordinary to Charles V and Charles VI, composed by Pierre Bontier, Monk, and Jean le Verrier, Priest

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Henry Major
July 28, 2010

Translated and Edited, with the fifteenth-century French text. Includes title used by Galien de Bethencourt in his manuscript of 1625: Le Canarien; ou, Livre de la conqueste et conversion faicte des Canariens à la foy et religion catholique apostolique et romaine en l'an 1402: par Messire Jehan de...

The Captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse, in A.D. 1547-1555, among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil

The Captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse, in A.D. 1547-1555, among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil

1st Edition

By Richard F. Burton, Albert Tootal
August 28, 2010

Translated from the 1557 Marburg edition of the author's Warhafftige Historia und Beschreiburg ejner Landtschallte der wilden, nacketen, grimmigen Menschfresser Leuthen in der Newnwelt America gelegen. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1874....

The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea. Written by Gomes Eannes de Azurara Volume I. (Chapters I-XL) With an Introduction on the Life and Writings of the Chronicler

The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea. Written by Gomes Eannes de Azurara: Volume I. (Chapters I-XL) With an Introduction on the Life and Writings of the Chronicler

1st Edition

By Edgar Prestage, Charles Raymond Beazley
May 15, 2017

Contains the translation and edition of chapters 1-40 of the chronicle, continued in First Series 100. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1896....

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