Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552–1616): The Principal Navigations...

Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552–1616)

Hakluyt title page

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Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552–1616), a scholar, priest and geographer, published several works cataloguing and chronicling English efforts in navigation and exploration.

His book The principal navigations, voiages, traffiques and discoveries of the English nation, made by sea or over-land, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the earth was a massive compendium of voyages from antiquity to the present. First published in 1589, an expanded version was issued in three volumes from 1598 to 1600.

King’s College owns a copy of both the first and second printing of the 1598-1600 edition. The first printing contained an account of the capture of Cadiz in 1596, commanded by the Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex. The account was ordered suppressed by the Privy Council, as Essex had fallen from favour with Queen Elizabeth following his return from Ireland without leave in September 1599.

The original title page, containing a reference to ‘the famous victorie atchieued at the citie of Cadiz, 1596’ was cancelled and a modified version issued in 1599. The King’s College copy retains the original title page.

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