PURCHAS, SAMUEL. Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas His Pilgrimes. Contayning a History of the World, in Sea voyages & lande-Trauells, by Englishmen & others [with Purchas his Pilgrimage. Or Relations of the World]. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone 1625-26. 5 vols., folio, 333 x 213 mm. (13 1/8 x 8 3/8 in.), olive green morocco gilt, covers with saw tooth and dentelle gilt border, spines in seven compartments: citron morocco gilt-lettered labels in two, a repeated ornament in the rest, gilt over marbled edges, by Clarke & Bedford, lacks blank leaf R4 in vol. I; leaves 3O6 in vol. I and 7Z1 and 6 in vol. II inserted, carefully washed and pressed and with very minor expert repairs to vol. I: first four leaves, M6, 2H1 and 6, 2Y1 and 6,3G1 and 6 and 4Q1; vol. II: 8B2; vol. III: I4, O6, P1, X1, 2M2, map of Greenland and 5A6; vol. IV: 4a4; vol. V: A7, 2G2, 2O1, 2N4 and 3Z3; other minor mends to blank areas, a few leaves slightly soiled. FIRST EDITION of vols. I-IV with, as usual, the Fourth Edition of Purchas his Pilgrimage (second issue, with the dedication to King Charles I), first issue of vol. I with "Hondius his Map of the Christian World" on p. 65 before cancellation and with the first state of pp. 703-706 containing offensive references to the Dutch, Smith's map of Virginia in vol. IV in Church's seventh state; engraved title in vol. I, dated 1625, incorporating 2 world maps and portrait of Purchas, a further 95 copper engravings comprising 7 double-page or folding maps and 88 maps and plates in text, numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. Church 401A; Hill, pp. 243-5; Sabin 66682-6 ("one of the fullest and most important collections of early voyages and travels in the English language"); Streeter sale I, 36; STC 20509.
Despite the above-mentioned minor repairs, a pleasing set, presumably assembled for its handsome Clarke & Bedford binding in the tradition of 19th-century bibliophily. Volume II is a British Museum duplicate with 1804 release stamp. A cancel leaf G3 of vol. I with "Hondius his Map of the World" (slightly cropped) is laid in.
Provenance: British Museum duplicate, library stamp (see above) -- Henry (or Alfred Henry) Huth -- John J. Phelan -- José M. Rodriguez, book label of each. (5)