Book Review – ‘Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe’ by Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt(eds)

By Eva Johanna Holmberg, published October 2020


It can sometimes be a daunting task to review books written and edited by friends. In the case of the article collection, Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, published in the Hakluyt Society Extra Series by Ashgate, I feel that I am, however, a suitable personforthis task. It is based on papers presented at a conference at the National Maritime Museum in May 2008 which concentrated on the life, works and legacy of Richard Hakluyt (d. 1616), the famed Elizabethan cleric and author known for his Divers Voyages Touching the Discoverie of America (1582) and The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation (1589–1600). I heard and discussed many of the papers with the individual authors and contributors, and could witness their development from keynotes and papers to book chapters. The conference and this collection were also the first fruits of the Hakluyt Edition Project led by Jowitt and Carey, which intends to edit and publish a new, 14-volume critical edition of Richard Hakluyt’s travel writing collection, The Principall Navigations (1598–1600) for Oxford University Press….

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