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Fascimile, with line for line transcription, commentary,
bibliography, and index preceded by a general introduction.
Richard Hakluyt (1552? 1616) was fascinated from his earliest years
by stories of strange lands and voyages of exploration. A priest by
profession, he was also an indefatigable editor and translator of
geographical accounts, and a propagandist for English expeditions
to claim new lands, especially in the Americas. His most famous
work was first published in 1589, and expanded in 1598 1600:
reissued here is the twelve-volume edition prepared by the Scottish
firm of James MacLehose and Sons and first published between 1903
and 1905, which included introductory essays and notes. Hakluyt's
subjects range from transcriptions of personal accounts and
'ruttiers' (descriptive charts of voyages) to patriotic attacks
against rival nations (especially Spain). The final volume contains
a general index to all the volumes, and an index to the individual
ships referred to."
'Their fruits be diverse and plentiful, as nutmegs, ginger, long
pepper, lemons, cucumbers, cocos, sago, with divers other sorts...'
Scholar, spy, diplomat and supreme propagandist for Elizabethan sea
power, Richard Hakluyt's accounts of famed explorers mythologised a
nation growing rapidly aware of the size and strangeness of the
world - and determined to dominate it. Introducing Little Black
Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black
Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin
Classics, with books from around the world and across many
centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London
to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th
century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical
and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and
inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
Richard Hakluyt (c 1552-1616). Hakluyt's Voyages and Discoveries is
available in Penguin Classics.
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