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Hakluyt Society, Second Series


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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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Ethiopian Itineraries circa 1400-1524 Including those Collected by Alessandro Zorzi at Venice in the Years 1519-24

Ethiopian Itineraries circa 1400-1524: Including those Collected by Alessandro Zorzi at Venice in the Years 1519-24

1st Edition

O.G.S. Crawford
July 28, 2010

Zorzi's Italian text with translation by C. A. Ralegh Radford. Includes a gazetteer for Fra Mauro's map. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1958....

Compassing the Vaste Globe of the Earth Studies in the History of the Hakluyt Society, 1846–1996

Compassing the Vaste Globe of the Earth: Studies in the History of the Hakluyt Society, 1846–1996

1st Edition

R.C. Bridges, P.E.H. Hair
January 31, 1999

A special volume of essays to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Society, with a full listing and index of Hakluyt Society publications 1847-1995. Containing: P.E.H. Hair, ’The Hakluyt Society: from Past to Future’; R.C. Bridges, ’William Desborough Cooley and the Foundation of the Hakluyt ...

English and Irish Settlement on the River Amazon, 1550–1646

English and Irish Settlement on the River Amazon, 1550–1646

1st Edition

Joyce Lorimer
January 31, 1999

From as early as the middle of the 16th century Englishmen were interested in the possibility of exploring the fabled resources of the great river of the Amazons. During the first half of the 17th century English and Irish projectors made persistent efforts to maintain trading factories and ...

Storm van 's Gravesande, The Rise of British Guiana, Compiled from His Despatches Volume I

Storm van 's Gravesande, The Rise of British Guiana, Compiled from His Despatches: Volume I

1st Edition

J.A.J. de Villiers, C.A. Harris
July 28, 2010

Extracts from despatches by Laurens Storm van 's Gravesande to the directors of the Zeeland Chamber of the Dutch West India Company, 1738-72, selected to illustrate the rise and expansion of the colony, with a detailed introduction. This volume ends with the despatch dated 15 March 1760. For May ...

Cathay and the Way Thither. Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China New Edition. Volume II: Odoric of Pordenone

Cathay and the Way Thither. Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China: New Edition. Volume II: Odoric of Pordenone

5th Edition

Henri Cordier
January 12, 2018

Volume I followed (Second Series 38). A revised edition of First Series 36 (1866) and 37 (1866) above, whose title page was followed. The appendix contains a Latin and an Italian text of Friar Odoric's travels in the early fourteenth century. Continued in Second Series 37 and 41 below. This is a ...

The Suma Oriental of Tomé Pires An Account of the East, from the Red Sea to Japan, written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515, and The Book of Francisco Rodrigues, Rutter of a Voyage in the Red Sea, Nautical Rules, Almanack and Maps, Written and Drawn in the East before 1515 Volume I

The Suma Oriental of Tomé Pires: An Account of the East, from the Red Sea to Japan, written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515, and The Book of Francisco Rodrigues, Rutter of a Voyage in the Red Sea, Nautical Rules, Almanack and Maps, Written and Drawn in the East before 1515 Volume I

1st Edition

Armando Cortesão
July 28, 2010

Translated from the Portuguese MS in the Bibliothèque de la Chambre des Deputés, Paris. Containing the translated Books I-V of the Suma Oriental. The main pagination of this and the following volume (Second Series 90) is continuous. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume ...

The True History of the Conquest of New Spain. By Bernal Diaz del Castillo, One of its Conquerors From the Exact Copy made of the Original Manuscript. Edited and published in Mexico by Genaro García. Volume I

The True History of the Conquest of New Spain. By Bernal Diaz del Castillo, One of its Conquerors: From the Exact Copy made of the Original Manuscript. Edited and published in Mexico by Genaro García. Volume I

1st Edition

Alfred Percival Maudslay
July 28, 2010

Books I-IV (1517-19), translated into English and edited, with introduction and notes, by Alfred Percival Maudslay, M.A., Hon. Professor of Archaeology, National Museum, Mexico, concerning the discovery of Mexico and the expeditions of Francisco Hernández de Cordova and Hernan Cortés, the march ...

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, by an unknown author With some extracts from Agatharkhides 'On the Erythraean Sea'

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, by an unknown author: With some extracts from Agatharkhides 'On the Erythraean Sea'

1st Edition

G.W.B. Huntingford
July 28, 2010

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea is a short work of uncertain date and unknown authorship, written in very difficult Greek. It is concerned with the coasts of the Red Sea and |Indian Ocean and may be described as a combined trade directory and Admiralty Handbook, giving sailing directions and ...

The Discovery of the Solomon Islands by Alvaro de Mendaña in 1568 Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscripts. Volumes I-II

The Discovery of the Solomon Islands by Alvaro de Mendaña in 1568: Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscripts. Volumes I-II

1st Edition

Lord Amherst of Hackney, Basil Thomson
October 23, 2017

Four narratives, edited with introduction and notes, two of them by or attributed to Mendaña's companions, Hernando Gallego and Pedro Sarmiento. This and the following volume (Second Series 8) have continuous pagination. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published...

The Embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to the Court of the Great Mogul, 1615-1619 As Narrated in his Journal and Correspondence. Volumes I-II

The Embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to the Court of the Great Mogul, 1615-1619: As Narrated in his Journal and Correspondence. Volumes I-II

1st Edition

William Foster
October 23, 2017

Edited from Contemporary Records. The main pagination of this and the following volume (Second Series 2) is continuous. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1899. Owing to technical constraints the portrait of Sir Thomas Roe is not included in the e-book...

Olaus Magnus, A Description of the Northern Peoples, 1555 Volume II

Olaus Magnus, A Description of the Northern Peoples, 1555: Volume II

1st Edition

P.G. Foote
January 31, 1999

The Swedish scholar and prelate, Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), last Catholic archbishop of Uppsala, lived the latter half of his life in exile. His devotion to his country and his people never faltered, nor his determination to give them a glorious place on the European cultural map by his writings. On...

Russian Embassies to the Georgian Kings, 1589–1605 Volumes I and II

Russian Embassies to the Georgian Kings, 1589–1605: Volumes I and II

1st Edition

W.E.D. Allen
July 05, 2017

By the early 16th century the loosely knit kingdom of Georgia had disintegrated from the strong monarchy of the middle ages to a number of small states and principalities. This internal disunity made the Georgians easy victims of the power politics of the neighbouring Ottoman and Safavid empires ...

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