Divers Voyages Touching the Discovery of America and the Islands Adjacent

 
9781150212147: Divers Voyages Touching the Discovery of America and the Islands Adjacent
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1801. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... "Epistle Dedicatorie", and of which signature a facsimile is here given. The second is contained in the Grenville Collection. A third copy is in the Bodleian Library, at Oxford: this copy has only one map, that by Michael Lok. A fourth copy is in the possession of Mr. Edward A. Crowninshield, of Boston, with the maps supplied in fac-simile; and the fifth is in the library of Mr. James Lennox, of New York, the maps being also supplied in fac-simile.1 It may be said of this, as of every other work of 'At a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries, held in the month of March 1850, a copy of Michael Lok's map was exhibited by Mr. Payne Collier, and a letter read, addressed by that gentleman to the president, comprising " Some observations on Richard Hakluyt, and American discoveries." Speaking of the "Divers Voyages", Mr. Collier says: "Another copy has come to light, from which the map before the society has been extracted for exhibition this evening ; and I apprehend that a third copy of the volume is preserved in the cabinet of a chary lover of old books, who was glad to obtain it at a high price, although it has not either of the maps that properly belong to it." Unfortunately, the names of the lucky possessors, or supposed possessors of these copies, are not given by Mr. Collier. The map, so exhibited, makes the fourth known, and not, as Mr. Collier supposes, only the second. which Hakluyt was either the author or promoter, that it had a direct and practical object. At the period when he commenced his geographical studies there was but one English book in existence presenting even a limited view of maritime discovery; viz., Eden's Historie of Travayle; and this was confined to a translation of four decades of Peter Martyr, of Oviedo's History of the West Indies, a...

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