PURCHAS. Pilgrims. L:1625-26. 5 vols. Folio.
Lot 6037
PURCHAS, SAMUEL. 1575?-1626. Purchas his Pilgrimes. * WITH: Purchas his Pilgrimage. London: printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
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PURCHAS, SAMUEL. 1575?-1626.
Purchas his Pilgrimes. * WITH: Purchas his Pilgrimage. London: printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626. Together, 5 volumes. ¶6 a6 A-Q6 R-S4 2A-4P6 4Q6(-4Q3-6) a-c4; ¶2 4Q6(-4Q1,2) 4R-8Q6 2a-2e4; [pi]4 *6 A4 B-5A6 5B6(-5B3-6) 3a-3h4 3i2; ¶4 5B6(-5B1,2) 5C-8A6 8B4 4a-4e4; [pi]5-6 ¶46 A8 B-4P6 4Q8 4R-4S6 4T8 4V-4Y4 4Z6 (wanting 4 leaves: blanks vol. 1 ¶1, vol. 3 [pi]1, and vol. 4 ¶1, and colophon vol. 2 2e4). With additional engraved title, 7 double-page maps, that of Virginia being folding, 81 maps in the text, and engraved and woodcut illustrations. Folio (320 x 195 mm). Late 19th century pebble-grained morocco gilt by J. Clarke, gilt dentelles. Approximately 30 leaves with small marginal tissue strengthening, approximately 25 leaves with small blank areas restored, 2 brief marginal worm trails repaired, 2 final leaves repaired affecting a few letters, engraved title remargined at foot, New England/Canada and Virginia maps strengthened on verso and with short splits, 2 inset maps shaved at fore-edge, a third with hole repaired affecting a few words on verso, bindings lightly rubbed.

First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes and fourth edition of the Pilgrimage, issued contemporaneously as a supplement. Early issue of Pilgrimes, vol 1 having "Hondius his Map of the Christian World" on vol 1 pp 65 and 115, 2T6 incorrectly numbered, and headline on p 704 reading "Hollanders lying devices," but with second issue of engraved title. Second issue of the Pilgrimage with dedication to King Charles.
"One of the fullest and most important collections of early voyages and travels in the English language" (Sabin), and at that time the largest book ever published in England (ODNB). "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 ... This fine collection includes the accounts of Cortes and Pizarro, Drake, Cavendish, John and Richard Hawkins, Quiros, Magellan, van Noort, Spillbergen, and Barents, as well as the categories of Portuguese voyages to the East Indies, Jesuit voyages to China and Japan, East India Company voyages, and the expeditions of the Muscovy Company" (Hill).
An unusually complete copy, the only significant absence being the colophon to volume 2, which is frequently missing. Hill 1403; Sabin 66682-66686; STC 20509, 20508.5.
Provenance: John Dunn-Gardner [1811-1903], his sale, London, 1854, sold for £75; bookplate of Sir Edward Sullivan [1822-1885], his sale, London, June 6, 1890, lot 5146.
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