HAKLUYT, RICHARD. c.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. London: George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, Deputies to Christopher Barker, 1589.
Folio (280 x 184 mm). *8 A-T6 U-X4 2A-2V6 2X-2Y6(-2X5-2Y6+'2Y6') 3A-3L6 3M12 3N-3Y6 4A-4E6 4F4 (-4F4, blank). Black letter. Woodcut historiated and ornamental initials and head- and tail-pieces, woodcut devices on title and colophon page. Later mottled calf, ruled in blind. Lacking map and final blank, title slightly soiled, some overall light toning or spotting to text block, L6, 2O4, 3B4 shaved into the upper printed horizontal rule in the headline, S2 with old repair to outer blank margin, 3M12 with 1 inch tear to lower blank margin, binding rebacked with early spine label laid down, joints slightly split, extremities scuffed.
Provenance: early armorial ink stamp to foot of title and foot of p 1 of the text; Will. Thompson (Queen's College, early inscription to title); Rob. Worsley (signature to front pastedown); the Earls of Home (armorial bookplate, possibly associated with early shelf mark and small applied label "App").
FIRST EDITION OF "THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES, BY LAND AS WELL AS BY SEA, AND OF THE NAUTICAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ELIZABETHANS" (PMM). This copy includes the rare first issue of the Bowes leaves (2X5-2Y6), and the six unpaginated leaves describing Drake's circumnavigation inserted between pages 642 and 643, as well as blank leaf X4. Complete except for the map (as usual) and the final blank leaf. "Hakluyt ... saw Britain's greatest opportunity in the colonization of America, which he advocated chiefly for economic reasons" (Hill 743). The third part concentrates on the New World as it was encountered by the British: there is much information about both North and South America. Alden & Landis 589/31; Church 139 and 139A ("an invaluable treasure of nautical information"); Grolier English 14; Hill 743; JCB (3) I:317-318; PMM 105; Sabin 29594; STC 12625; Wagner Spanish Southwest 9.