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Hakluytus Posthumus or, Purchas His Pilgrimes

Richard Hakluyt's 12-volume Principal Navigations Voyages Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, originally published at the end of the sixteenth century, and reissued by the Cambridge Library Collection in the edition of 1903-5, was followed in 1625 by Hakluytus Posthumus or, Purchas his Pilgrimes, now reissued in a 20-volume edition published in 1905-7. When first published in four folio volumes, the work was the largest ever printed in England. An Anglican priest, Samuel Purchas (1577-1626) was a friend of Hakluyt, and based his great work in part on papers not published by Hakluyt before his death. As well as being a wide-ranging survey of world exploration, it is notable as an anti-Catholic polemic, and a justification of British settlement in North America. Volume 11 focuses on journeys into central Asia by Marco Polo and the less well-known Franciscan missionary William of Rubruck, and also contains an Arabic life of Tamerlane.
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Epistle dedicatory; Part I: 1. The journal of Friar William de Rubruquis; 2. Tartarian and northerne regions by Roger Bacon; 3. Relations touching the Tartars; 4. The first book of Marco Polo; 5. The history of Anthonie the Armenian; 6. Travels and memorials of Sir John Mandevile; 7. The voyage of Nicolo di Conti to the Indies; 8. Extracts of Alhacen his Arabike history of Tamerlan; 9. Reports of Chaggi Memet in the countrey of the Great Can; 10. A treatise of China by Gaspar da Cruz; 11. The realtion of Galeotto Perara, prisoner in China; Part II: 1. The beginning of English discoveries towards the north, and north-east.

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