PURCHAS, SAMUEL. c.1575-1626. Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes.-Purchase his Pilgrimage.  London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
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PURCHAS, SAMUEL. c.1575-1626.
Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes.-Purchase his Pilgrimage. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
US$ 70,000 - 100,000
£ 55,000 - 78,000

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PURCHAS, SAMUEL. c.1575-1626. Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes.-Purchase his Pilgrimage.  London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626. PURCHAS, SAMUEL. c.1575-1626. Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes.-Purchase his Pilgrimage.  London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
PURCHAS, SAMUEL. c.1575-1626.
Purchas his Pilgrimes. In five bookes.-Purchase his Pilgrimage. London: William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
Together, 5 volumes. Folio (330 x 210 mm). Additional engraved title page, double-page engraved map of Virginia by John Smith, 7 double-page maps (map of China repeated), 81 engraved vignette maps in the text, 7 engraved vignettes in text, woodcut illustrations throughout. Modern brown morocco gilt. Virginia map cropped on 2 edges into plate-mark, 2 text leaves with short tears, 19th-century pencilled annotations to margins throughout.

FIRST EDITION of Purchas his Pilgrimes... and fourth edition of the Pilgrimage..., issued simultaneously as a supplement. "One of the fullest and most important collections of early voyages and travels in the English language" (Sabin). Material relating to America begins in book III, about halfway through volume III with an account of George Barkley's travels, accompanied by a map of the arctic regions "Polus Arcticus." Book IV, English Northerne Navigations, and Discoveries, Relations of Greeneland, Groenland, The North-West Passage, and other Arctike Regions... is illustrated with Henry Briggs's double-page map of "The North part of America," best known as the progenitor of the myth of California as an island. Book V concerns the "Voyages, and Travels to and in the New World, called America...," illustrated with several Hondius maps, and numerous woodcuts of Mexican art and hieroglyphics. The fourth volume includes many famous accounts of voyages to and in the New World, famously illustrated with John Smith's map of "Virginia," one of the most important printed maps of America ever produced, the prototype for half a century until Augustine Herman's map of 1673. "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 1403); Sabin 66682-66686; STC 20509, 20508.5.
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