Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons, 1905-1907. 20 Volume Set. Octavos [23 cm] Blue cloth with gilt stamped titles on backstrip and gilt device to front boards. Top edge gilt. Bookplate (or faint glue residue from) on front pastedown. All volumes near fine. Nice clean set. Illustrated with maps throughout. Item #2145
Handsome set of this massive work of travel and explorations narratives, compiled by English Cleric, Samuel Purchas (c.1577-1626), who recorded the stories and tales of the sailors he met, he also drew extensively on Hakluyt's unpublished manuscripts for 'Principal Navigations' which were in his possession. These narratives cover the known world to the English in the early 17th century and are impressive in their scope.