From the first edition of ‘Hakluytus Posthumus’
By HONDIUS, Jodocus (I) and PURCHAS, Samuel, 1626
- Author: HONDIUS, Jodocus (I) and PURCHAS, Samuel
- Publication place: [London
- Publisher: William Stansby for Henrie Featherstone
- Publication date: 1624]
- Physical description: Engraved vignette map, set within English text.
- Dimensions: 316 by 198mm. (12.5 by 7.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15919
Samuel Purchas’ (c1577-1626) collection of voyages “is a continuation and enlargement of Hakluyt’s ‘The Principal Navigations’. At the death of Hakluyt there was left a large collection of voyages in manuscript which came into the hands of Purchas, who added to them many more voyages and travels … This fine collection includes the accounts of Cortes and Pizarro, Drake, Cavendish, John and Richard Hawkins, Quiros, Magellan, van Noort, Spillbergen, and Barents, as well as the categories of Portuguese voyages to the East Indies, Jesuit voyages to China and Japan, East India Company voyages, and the expeditions of the Muscovy Company” (Hill).
Purchas’ magnum opus was the culmination of almost twenty years’ collecting oral and written accounts of travels in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and so it is not surprising that at the time of its publication it was the largest book ever seen through the English press; the bulkiest anti-Catholic tract of the age; and the last great English work of geographical editing for almost a century.
- Hubbard 14.2 variant 1
- Hubbard, J. and Mihama, Y. (2012). Japoniæ insulæ. Houten: HES & De Graaf Publishers BV.