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Hakluyt Society, Third 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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The Levant Voyage of the Blackham Galley (1696 – 1698) The Sea Journal of John Looker, Ship’s Surgeon

The Levant Voyage of the Blackham Galley (1696 – 1698): The Sea Journal of John Looker, Ship’s Surgeon

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Colin Heywood, Edmond Smith
April 14, 2022

This volume publishes for the first time, the journal kept by John Looker (?1670—1715) recording his service as ship’s surgeon on the Blackham Galley, a London-built merchantman on its second trading voyage to the Levant, between December 1696 and March 1698. Preserved in the Caird Library of the ...

English Travellers to Venice 1450 –1600

English Travellers to Venice 1450 –1600

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Michael G. Brennan
February 10, 2022

English Travellers to Venice 1450 –1600 contains 35 separate accounts (with 27 colour and 45 black and white illustrations) of the experiences of a wide range of English travellers to Venice. These accounts, drawn from contemporary manuscript and printed sources, provide vivid impressions of the ...

The Javanese Travels of Purwalelana A Nobleman’s Account of his Journeys Across the Island of Java 1860–1875

The Javanese Travels of Purwalelana: A Nobleman’s Account of his Journeys Across the Island of Java 1860–1875

1st Edition

Edited By Judith E. Bosnak, Frans X. Koot
December 30, 2020

The Javanese nobleman Radèn Mas Arya Candranegara V (1837–85), alias Purwalelana, journeyed across his homeland during the rapidly changing times of the nineteenth century. He travelled around 5,000 kilometres by horse and carriage between 1860 and 1875. His eye-witness account, The Travels of ...

Spanish and Portuguese Conflict in the Spice Islands: The Loaysa Expedition to the Moluccas 1525-1535 From Book XX of The General and Natural History of the Indies by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés

Spanish and Portuguese Conflict in the Spice Islands: The Loaysa Expedition to the Moluccas 1525-1535: From Book XX of The General and Natural History of the Indies by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés

1st Edition

Edited By Glen Frank Dille
June 01, 2021

Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, (1478–1557), warden of the fortress and port of Santo Domingo of the Island of Hispaniola, also served his emperor, Charles V, as the official chronicler of the first half-century of the Spanish presence in the New World. His monumental General y Natural ...

The Voyages and Manifesto of William Fergusson, A Surgeon of the East India Company 1731–1739

The Voyages and Manifesto of William Fergusson, A Surgeon of the East India Company 1731–1739

1st Edition

Edited By Derek L. Elliott
April 01, 2021

This volume brings to publication for the first time the manuscript of William Fergusson, a Scottish shipʼs surgeon who sailed for the East India Company in the 1730s. Written in 1767, while in retirement, Fergussonʼs diaries are the memories of his youth spent travelling the world during his ...

Pedro Páez's History of Ethiopia, 1622 / Volume II

Pedro Páez's History of Ethiopia, 1622 / Volume II

1st Edition

Edited By Isabel Boavida, Hervé Pennec, Manuel João Ramos
July 12, 2019

This book, in two volumes, contains an annotated English translation of the História da Ethiópia by the Spanish Jesuit missionary priest Pedro Páez (Pêro Pais in Portuguese), 1564-1622, who worked in the Portuguese padroado missions, first in India and then in Ethiopia, long thought to be the ...

Australia Circumnavigated. The Voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator, 1801-1803 / Volume II

Australia Circumnavigated. The Voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator, 1801-1803 / Volume II

1st Edition

Edited By Kenneth Morgan
September 28, 2015

This two-volume work provides the first edited publication of Matthew Flinders’s fair journals from the circumnavigation of Australia in 1801-1803 in HMS Investigator, and of the ’Memoir’ he wrote to accompany his journals and charts. These are among the most important primary texts in Australian ...

Japanese Travellers in Sixteenth-Century Europe: A Dialogue Concerning the Mission of the Japanese Ambassadors to the Roman Curia (1590)

Japanese Travellers in Sixteenth-Century Europe: A Dialogue Concerning the Mission of the Japanese Ambassadors to the Roman Curia (1590)

1st Edition

Edited By Derek Massarella
December 27, 2012

In 1582 Alessandro Valignano, the Visitor to the Jesuit mission in the East Indies, sent four Japanese boys, two of whom represented important Christian daimyo in western Japan, to Europe. This book is an account of their travels. The boys left Japan on 20 February 1582 and disembarked in Lisbon ...

The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A., The Naturalist in H. M. S. Alert, 1875-1876

The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A., The Naturalist in H. M. S. Alert, 1875-1876

1st Edition

Edited By Trevor Levere
December 16, 2019

The British Arctic Expedition of 1875–6 was the first major British naval expedition to the high Arctic where science was almost as important as geographical exploration. There were hopes that the expedition might find the hypothetical open polar sea and with it the longed-for Northwest Passage, ...

The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk / ... / Volume II / The Boundary Survey, 1840–1844

The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk / ... / Volume II / The Boundary Survey, 1840–1844

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Rivière
November 22, 2019

This is the second of a pair of volumes publishing the unedited full reports of Schomburgk's travels in Guiana between 1835 and 1844, previously available only in greatly abridged and heavily edited versions. After his explorations in Guiana between 1835 and 1839 on behalf of the Royal ...

The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk / 1835–1844 / Volume I / Explorations on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society, 1835–183

The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk / 1835–1844 / Volume I / Explorations on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society, 1835–183

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Rivière
November 22, 2019

This is the first of a pair of volumes publishing the full reports of Schomburgk's travels in Guiana between 1835 and 1844, previously available only in greatly abridged and heavily edited versions. Robert Schomburgk left his native Germany for North America in 1828, aged twenty-four. A year ...

Pedro Páez's History of Ethiopia, 1622 / Volume I

Pedro Páez's History of Ethiopia, 1622 / Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By Isabel Boavida, Hervé Pennec, Manuel João Ramos
July 12, 2019

This book, in two volumes, contains an annotated English translation of the História da Ethiópia by the Spanish Jesuit missionary priest Pedro Páez (Pêro Pais in Portuguese), 1564-1622, who worked in the Portuguese padroado missions, first in India and then in Ethiopia, long thought to be the ...

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