HAKLUYT, RICHARD. The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or ouerland, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the Earth, at any time within the compasse of these 1600 yeres. London: George Bishop, Ralph Newberie and Robert Barker 1599-1600. 3 vols. in one, folio, 291 x 185 mm. (11 7/16 x 7 5/16 in.), contemporary calf, rebacked, lower outer corners of 180 leaves with very slight worming occasionally catching a letter of printed marginalia, 2D2 of vol. I and B2 of vol. III each with slight tear, title of vol. III a little dust soiled and with inscription erased, very occasional stains. Second Edition, cancel title-page dated 1599 omitting mention of Cadiz, without the suppressed pages 607-619 of vol. I containing the account of Drake's voyage to Cadiz, without the map as usual, mostly black letter, woodcut ornaments and initials. Church 322; Hill pp. 131-2; Kraus Drake 30; Sabin 29596-8; STC 12626a.
A tall, thick and unpressed copy. The account of the Cadiz expedition, as well as the first issue title-page of vol. I, was suppressed by order of Queen Elizabeth I after the disgrace of the Earl of Essex in 1599 and many copies lack it. The Wright-Molyneux world map, in either of two states, is "to be found in only about 20 of the 240 or so copies recorded of the Principal Navigations" (Shirley 221). This second edition was considerably enlarged, its scope being broadened to include non-English voyages. "This enormous work -- it contains one million seven hundred thousand words -- is the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethans....The arrangment is both chronological and regional, with personal reports by explorers and navigators, merchants and diplomats, the reproduction of documents, sailing directions, etc."--Hill. "The fruit of a life devoted to promoting the cause of English colonization and commerce by disseminating knowledge about, and stimulating interest in, all the less known or recently discovered parts of the world....[It] was aptly styled by Mr. Froude 'the prose epic of the modern English nation'"--Church.
Provenance: Ronald Coates, inscription dated 1922.