The Hakluyt Handbook

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Author: Quinn, David Beers (1909-2002) [editor]

Year: 1974

Publisher: Hakluyt Society

Place: London


2 Volumes. xxvi+331 pages with frontispiece, 6 maps one folding and 10 illustrations; xiii+335-707 pages with 37 illustrations and indexes. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and decorative gilt sailing ship Victoria to front cover with ruled blind-stamped edges in original jacket. Essays by various hands, (a) on aspects of Hakluyt's achievement, including essays on Hakluyt's maps (by R. A. Skelton), on the conveyance of material from Hakluyt to Purchas (by C. R. Steele), and on Hakluyt's reputation (by D. B. Quinn); (b) on Hakluyt's use of material, by twelve world regions. Also a Hakluyt chronology (by D. B. and A. M. Quinn). A listing of the contents of Hakluyt's works, a primary Hakluyt bibliography, an essay discussing secondary works on Hakluyt (by L.E. Pennington), a listing of all Hakluyt Society works to date (by E. L. C. Mullins), and indexes (by A. M. Quinn. Second Series, volumes 144 and 145. First edition.

The Hakluyt Handbook provides a reference guide to the works of Reverend Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616) and a critical evaluation of his achievements as a collector, editor, translator and author of travel literature. In volume I, part one consists of a series of essays by specialists in the various fields with which Hakluyt was concerned and attempts to evaluate his significance for historians, geographers and students of literature and society; part two comprises an analysis of the quality of his selections of material for his greatest collection The principal navigations...of the English nation in a series of regional studies; and part three is a chronology of his life and writings expanded from that in G B Pars, Richard Hakluyt and the English voyagers (1928). Parts four and five, in volume II, analyze the contents and sources of Hakluyt's three major works, Divers voyages (1582), Principall navigations (1589), and Principal navigations (1598-1600), and provide detailed bibliographical material on the works with which Hakluyt was associated. A critical bibliography of secondary works and an analytical list of the publications of the Hakluyt Society, 1846-1973; complete the work. An index of books and articles referred to in the volumes is included.


Some foxing to head page ends. Jackets with some light edge wear, volume one with a closed tear at front head edge else a very good set in like jackets.

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