• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 37

    PURCHAS, Samuel (ca 1575-1626). Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625. -- Purchase his Pilgrimage. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1626.

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    PURCHAS, Samuel (ca 1575-1626). Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625. -- Purchase his Pilgrimage. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1626.

    Together 5 volumes (the supplemental Pilgrimage comprising the fifth volume), 2o (322 x 208 mm.). Engraved additional title to vol. I, 88 engraved maps (7 double-page or folding, 81 half-page in the text), numerous illustrations, mostly woodcut, but some engraved; blank R4 and first blanks in vols. III and IV present. (Virginia map with latitude numbers just cropped at top.) (Short repaired marginal tear to title of volume four, rust holes on six leaves just catching letters, otherwise very crisp and fresh.) Modern calf antique, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Provenance: Devon & Exeter Institution (inkstamp on title and final leaf versos).

    PURCHAS'S IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF TRAVEL AND EXPLORATION NARRATIVES FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE RECENT ACCOUNTS OF JOHN SMITH

    FIRST EDITION of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with engraved title-page in second state dated 1625, the map of Virginia in vol. IV in Verner's 7th state (the earliest issued with Purchas' work), and with the fourth edition of the Pilgrimage, issued concurrently as a supplement. "This great geographical collection 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... Purchas followed the general plan of Hakluyt, but he frequently put the accounts into his own words... The main divisions of the work fall into two parts: the first covering the world known to Ptolemy, the second coming down to Purchas' own day. This fine collection includes the accounts of Cortés and Pizarro, Drake, Cavendish, John and Richard Hawkins, Quiros, Magellan, van Noort, Spilbergen, and Barents, as well as the categories of Portugese voyages to the East Indies, Jesuit voyages to China and Japan, East India Company voyages, and the expeditions of the Muscovy Company" (Hill). The fourth edition of Pilgrimage usually forms the fifth or supplemental volume, and is considered the best edition. First published in 1613, it gives Purchas's accounts of the various religions encountered throughout the world. Alden & Landis 625/173; Arents 158; Borba de Moraes II, pp.692-693; Church 401A; JCB (3) II:196-197; Hill 1403; Sabin 66682-66686; STC 20509 and 20508.5.


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