SAMUEL PURCHAS (c.1575-1626)
Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626. 5 volumes, 2° (332 x 212mm.). Engraved additional title to vol.I, 73 engraved maps (5 double-page, 1 folding, 67 half-page in the text), numerous illustrations, most woodcut, but 6 engraved. (Lacking blank R4 in vol.I and first blanks in vols.III and IV, the folding map of Virginia shaved into plate area at upper margin, numerous small neat repairs, marginal in the main, occasional small rust-holes to text.) 19th-century brown/olive morocco gilt by Clarke & Bedford, covers with elaborate border of fillets and roll-tools, spines in seven compartments with raised bands, light brown morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third, the others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools, gilt turn-ins, comb-marbled end papers, gilt edges (joints slightly rubbed, one slightly cracked at head).
Huth (booklabels); Jose M. Rodriguez (bookplate dated 1938); John.J.Phelan (booklabels).
FIRST EDITIONS, first issue of vol.I, second issue of vol.II. Very fine set from the Huth library. '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, Queirós, 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. The fifth volume of this set of the Pilgimes is in reality the fourth and best edition of the Pilgrimage' (Hill). Borba de Moraes II, pp.692-693; Church 401A; Hill p.243; Sabin 66682-66686; STC 20509.