HAKLUYT, Richard (ca 1552-1616). The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English nation, made by Sea or over Land, to the most remote and farthest distant Quarters of the earth at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres: Devided into three severall parts, according to the positions of the Regions whereunto they were directed. London: George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, Deputies to Christopher Berber, 1589.
2o (278 x 184mm). Black letter. Folding engraved world map after Ortelius [Shirley 167 (linen-backed, one 1½-inch and smaller repaired tears)], woodcut historiated and ornamental initials and head- and tailpieces, woodcut devices on title and colophon page. (Title with gutter restored and small marginal repairs, a few rust-holes on fols. *5 and D2 with loss to woodcut on *5r and to one letter on each verso, hole to 2G6 touching a few letters, repaired tears to fols. 2Q5, 2T6 and 3M4 each affecting a few letters, worm-track to gutter from R2 through 2B5 touching several letters and woodcut initial on R4r, fols. 3M4-8 remargined on 3 sides, one or two headlines or border rules affected and touched up with ink, the last five leaves partially or completely remargined, large marginal repairs to the second-to-last leaf with loss to text, affected areas supplied in ink facsimile, occasional minor staining.) Early 20th-century olive morocco, covers with gilt design of interlacing strapwork and swirling leafy stems, spine similarly gilt, board edges and turn-ins gilt, edges gilt, by Pratt (spine slightly darkened, joints lightly rubbed). Provenance: some contemporary marginalia; Pierre S. DuPont III (sale, Christie's New York, 8 October 1991, lot 119).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ENGLISH COLLECTION OF VOYAGES, second issue of the Bowes leaves (2Y1-6), WITH SIX UNPAGINATED LEAVES DESCRIBING DRAKE'S CIRCUMNAVIGATION inserted between pages 642 and 643, with blank leaf X4. The map, which is frequently lacking, is based on a combination of Ortelius maps, the central world oval being taken from his third world map of 1587, while the cloud border is from his earlier plates. This map was used later in the 1598 translation of Linschoten's Voyages.
"Hakluyt was a vigorous propagandist and empire-builder; his purpose was to further British expansion overseas. He saw Britain's greatest opportunity in the colonization of America, which he advocated chiefly for economic reasons" (Hill p.132). The work is, as the title suggests, limited to the exploits of English explorers, but it is nevertheless comprehensive and accurate. The third part concentrates on the exploration of the New World and includes much information about both North and South America. Church 139 ("an invaluable treasure of nautical information"); Kraus Drake 27; Sabin 29594; STC 12625.