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Hakluyt Society, Second Series


About the Series

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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Barbot on Guinea Volume I

Barbot on Guinea: Volume I

1st Edition

By P.E.H. Hair, Adam Jones
April 29, 2022

Jean Barbot, who served as a commercial agent on French slave-trading voyages to West Africa in 1678-9 and 1681-2, in 1683 began an account of the Guinea coast, based partly on his voyage journals (only one of which is extant) and partly on previous printed sources. The work was interrupted by his ...

Barbot on Guinea Volume II

Barbot on Guinea: Volume II

1st Edition

By Adam Jones, P.E.H. Hair
April 29, 2022

Jean Barbot, who served as a commercial agent on French slave-trading voyages to West Africa in 1678-9 and 1681-2, in 1683 began an account of the Guinea coast, based partly on his voyage journals (only one of which is extant) and partly on previous printed sources. The work was interrupted by his ...

The Journal of Rochfort Maguire, 1852–1854 Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in Search for Sir John Franklin Volume I

The Journal of Rochfort Maguire, 1852–1854: Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in Search for Sir John Franklin Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By John Bockstoce
April 29, 2022

In 1845 Sir John Franklin's expedition left England, searching for a northwest passage, and vanished into the Arctic forever. Three years later HMS Plover's was the first departure of 21 expeditions searching for Franklin. Although most of the analyses of the Franklin Search have focused on the ...

The Journal of Rochfort Maguire, 1852–1854 Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in Search for Sir John Franklin Volume II

The Journal of Rochfort Maguire, 1852–1854: Two Years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in Search for Sir John Franklin Volume II

1st Edition

Edited By John Bockstoce
April 29, 2022

In 1845 Sir John Franklin's expedition left England, searching for a northwest passage, and vanished into the Arctic forever. Three years later HMS Plover's was the first departure of 21 expeditions searching for Franklin. Although most of the analyses of the Franklin Search have focused on the ...

The Purchas Handbook Studies of the Life, Times and Writings of Samuel Purchas, 1577–1626, Volume I

The Purchas Handbook: Studies of the Life, Times and Writings of Samuel Purchas, 1577–1626, Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By L.E. Pennington
April 29, 2022

The Purchas Handbook follows the model of the Society's earlier Hakluyt Handbook in providing a reference guide to the works of the Reverend Samuel Purchas (1577-1626) and a critical evaluation of his achievements as collector, editor, and author of travel literature. The Handbook attempts to ...

The Purchas Handbook Studies of the Life, Times and Writings of Samuel Purchas, 1577–1626, Volume II

The Purchas Handbook: Studies of the Life, Times and Writings of Samuel Purchas, 1577–1626, Volume II

1st Edition

By L.E. Pennington
April 29, 2022

The Purchas Handbook follows the model of the Society's earlier Hakluyt Handbook in providing a reference guide to the works of the Reverend Samuel Purchas (1577-1626) and a critical evaluation of his achievements as collector, editor, and author of travel literature. The Handbook attempts to ...

The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster, 1772–1775 Volume IV

The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster, 1772–1775: Volume IV

1st Edition

Edited By Michael E. Hoare
February 28, 2022

This presents the previously unpublished journal of the principal naturalist on Cook's second voyage. The main pagination of this volume and the three previous volumes in the set (Second series 152-154) is continuous. Overshadowed for nearly two hundred years in European scholarship by the ...

Newfoundland Discovered English Attempts at Colonisation, 1610–1630

Newfoundland Discovered: English Attempts at Colonisation, 1610–1630

1st Edition

Edited By Gillian T. Cell
January 31, 1999

Despite the relative obscurity surrounding the earliest English settlements in Newfoundland, the documents in this volume show that they were neither unimportant, nor, ultimately, unsuccessful. Unlike the sites of other English colonies founded in the New World in the early 17th century, ...

Petr Petrovich Semenov's Travels in the Tian’-Shan’, 1856–1857

Petr Petrovich Semenov's Travels in the Tian’-Shan’, 1856–1857

1st Edition

By Colin Thomas
October 28, 1998

In the mid-nineteenth century the eyes of western European explorers were firmly fixed on advancing inland from former maritime colonies in the Americas, Africa, the Indian sub-continent and Australasia, their motives often being inextricably bound up with concerns of imperial politics and commerce...

The Travel Journal of Antonio de Beatis through Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries, France and Italy, 1517–8

The Travel Journal of Antonio de Beatis through Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries, France and Italy, 1517–8

1st Edition

Edited By J.R. Hale
January 28, 1979

In May 1517, Luigi of Aragon, one of the most wealthy, cultivated and well-connected of Italian cardinals, left Italy for a leisurely tour through Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries and France, which lasted until January 1518. Too grand to keep a record of his own movements, he was well-served...

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

Edited By 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

By 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 ...

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