A Brief Summe Of Geographie

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Author: Roger Barlow (c1483-1553) introduction by Eva Germaine Rimington "E G R" Taylor

Year: 1932

Publisher: Hakluyt Society

Place: London


lvi+210 pages with frontispiece, tables, folding map, genealogy chart, appendix, bibliography and index. Octavo (9" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria to the covers and blind stamped ruled edge in original jacket. Edited with an introduction and notes by E G R Taylor. Hakluyt Society Second Series Number LXIX (119). First edition.
Transcript of the manuscript dedicated to Henry VIII (Royal mss. 18 B. XXVIII), with a pedigree of Barlow, edited with an introduction and notes. Barlow's translation of Enciso's Suma de geographia, with much original and supplementary matter by him.

After becoming a merchant in Seville, Barlow joined Sebastian Cabot's 1526 voyage to South America. He accompanied Cabot up the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) river system. He returned to England in 1530 and lived in Bristol, where he married Julyan Dawes. He moved to Pembrokeshire in 1535. In 1542 he presented a cosmography to Henry VIII, based on a translation of Enciso's Spanish Suma de Geographie. This included Barlow's descriptions of his travels - the first account of the New World in English. Roger Barlow had three younger brothers, William Barlow (successively bishop of St David's, Bath and Wells, and Chichester), John Barlow (dean of Worcester), and Thomas Barlow (a cleric in Norfolk). After renting the dissolved commandery of the hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem at Slebech, Roger and Thomas Barlow bought Slebech in 1546, and then Roger became the sole owner in 1553. Barlow had at least 10 children, including John who inherited Slebech, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, south west Wales.

Some pages unread and need separating. Corners bumped. Jacket Spine sunned and age toned, spine ends and edges chipped else very good in like jacket.