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First Series, Part I. Compiled by P. E. H. Hair

Nos. 1 - 50 (1847 - 1873)

1. The Observations of Sir Richard Hawkins, Knt., in his Voyage into the South Sea in the Year 1593. Reprinted from the Edition of 1622. Edited by C. R. Drinkwater Bethune, Captain R.N. 1847. Pages xvi, 246.

The text edited 'with only such slight alterations as were necessary where the sense of the author had been obviously marred by a misprint'. Original index only. For a second edition see First Series 57 below.

2. Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with other Original Documents, relating to his Four Voyages to the New World. Translated and Edited by R. H. Major, Esq., of the British Museum. 1847. Pages xc, 240.

Five letters by Columbus describing his first, third, and fourth voyages; another by Dr Chanca, physician, descriptive of the second voyage; and an extract from the will of Diego Mendez, one of Columbus's officers on the fourth voyage. With Spanish texts. Two copies of this edition were printed in vellum and one presented to the British Museum. For a second edition see 43 below; for a third edition see Second Series 65 and 70 below.

3. The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana, with a Relation of the Great and Golden City of Manoa (which the Spaniards call El Dorado), etc. Performed in the Year 1595, by Sir W. Ralegh, Knt., Captain of Her Majesty's Guard, Lord Warden of the Stanneries, and Her Majesty's Lieutenant-General of the County of Cornwall. Reprinted from the Edition of 1596, with some Unpublished Documents relative to that Country. Edited, with Copious Explanatory Notes and a Biographical Memoir, by Sir Robert H. Schomburgk, Ph.D., Knight of the Royal Prussian Order of the Red Eagle, of the Royal Saxon Order of Merit, of the French Order of the Legion of Honour, etc. 1849 (1848). Pages lxxxv, 240 + 1 map.

With Anon, 'Of the Voyage for Guiana', probably written in 1596, Ralegh's journal of the second voyage, 1617-18, and miscellaneous documents. Typographical errors of the 1596 text were corrected.

Sir Francis Drake his Voyage, 1595, by Thomas Maynarde, together with the Spanish Account of Drake's Attack on Puerto Rico.
Edited, from the Original Manuscripts, by W. D. Cooley. 1849 (1848). Pages 12, viii, 65.

With a translation of the Spanish document. The volume is the first to include supplementary material on the Society, but the material does not include an annual report.

Narratives of Voyages towards the North-West, in Search of a Passage to Cathay and India. 1496 to 1631. With Selections from the early Records of the Honourable the East India Company and from MSS. in the British Museum.
[Edited] By Thomas Rundall, Esq. 1849. Pages 8, 4, xx, 260 + 2 maps.

Accounts of the voyages of Cabot, Davis, Frobisher, and others, drawn chiefly from the works of Hakluyt, Purchas, Harris and Foxe. The supplementary material includes the 1848 annual report.

The Historie of Travaile into Virginia Britannia; expressing the Cosmographie and Comodities of the Country, together with the Manners and Customes of the People. Gathered and observed as well by those who went first thither as collected by William Strachey, Gent., the first Secretary of the Colony.
Now First Edited, from the Original Manuscript, in the British Museum, by R. H. Major, of the British Museum. 1849. Pages xxxvi, 203 + 1 map, 6 illustrations.

From British Library, Sloane MS 1622.

Divers Voyages touching the Discovery of America and the Islands adjacent. Collected and published by Richard Hakluyt, Prebendary of Bristol, in the Year 1582.
Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by John Winter Jones of the British Museum. 1850 (1849). Pages cxi, 171, 6, 8 + 2 maps, 1 illustration.

The original printed text. The edition described as prepared 'for the subscribers of 1849' and as the third volume of 1849 in the report in the next volume.

8. Memorials of the Empire of Japon in the XVI and XVII Centuries. Edited, with Notes, by Thomas Rundall. 1850. Pages 4, 8, xxxviii, 187 + 1 map, 5 illustrations.

Documents, including a description of Japan in the sixteenth century and the letters of William Adams, 1611-17. The supplementary material includes the 1849 annual report.

The Discovery and Conquest of Terra Florida, by Don Ferdinando de Soto and six hundred Spaniards his Followers, written by a Gentleman of Elvas, employed in all the Action, and translated out of Portuguese, by Richard Hakluyt.
Reprinted from the Edition of 1611. Edited, with Notes and an Introduction and a Translation of a Narrative of the Expedition by Luis Hernandez de Biedma, Factor to the same, by William B. Rye, of the British Museum. 1851. Pages 4, 8, lxvii, 200, v + 1 map.

For Hakluyt's translation, see The Hakluyt Handbook (Second Series, 144-5 below), pp. 42, 252-5. The translation of Hernández de Biedma's narrative was made from Ternaux-Compans, Recueil de pièces sur la Floride, Paris, 1841. The supplementary material includes the 1850 annual report.

Notes upon Russia: Being a Translation of the earliest Account of that Country, entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum commentarii, by the Baron Sigismund von Herberstein, Ambassador from the Court of Germany to the Grand Prince Vasiley Ivanovich, in the years 1517 and 1526.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by R. H. Major, ... . Volume I. 1851. Pages 8, clxii, 116, errata slip + 2 illustrations.

The first edition of the Commentarii appeared in Vienna in 1549, but it is not clear which edition was used for this translation. Continued in First Series 12 below.

The Geography of Hudson's Bay: Being the Remarks of Captain W. Coats, in many Voyages to that Locality, between the Years 1727 and 1751. With an Appendix containing Extracts from the Log of Capt. Middleton on his Voyage for the Discovery of the North-West Passage in H.M.S. "Furnace," in 1741- 2.
Edited by John Barrow, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A. 1852 (1851). Pages x, 147, 8.

Fuller documentation of the Middleton and related voyages to Hudson's Bay is supplied in Second Series 177 and 181 below. This edition described in the 1851 annual report as 'delivered to 1851 Members'.

Notes upon Russia ... .
Volume II. 1852. Pages 4, iv, 266 + 2 maps, 1 illustration.

With an appendix of documents, translated and in part collected by Richard Eden and printed from the 1577 edition of his History of Travayle in the West and East Indies, revised by Richard Willes. The supplementary material consists of the 1851 annual report.

A true Description of three Voyages by the North-East towards Cathay and China, undertaken by the Dutch in the Years 1594, 1595, and 1596, by Gerrit de Veer. Published at Amsterdam in the Year 1598, and in 1609 translated into English by William Phillip.
Edited by Charles T. Beke, Phil.D., F.S.A. 1853. Pages 8, cxlii, 291 + 4 maps, 12 illustrations.

With an appendix of documents printed by Hakluyt and Purchas. Revised in First Series 54 below.

The History of the great and mighty Kingdom of China and the Situation Thereof. Compiled by the Padre Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza, and now Reprinted from the early Translation of R. Parke.
Edited by Sir George T. Staunton, Bart. With an Introduction by R. H. Major, Esq., of the British Museum, Honorary Secretary of the Hakluyt Society. [Volume 1]. 1853 (1854 [sic]). Pages 4, 8, lxxxiii, 172.

From the 1588 black-letter edition, after the 1586 Madrid edition. The supplementary material includes the 1852 annual report.

The History of the great and mighty Kingdom of China. ...
Volume II. 1854. Pages 8, 350.

The World Encompassed by Sir Francis Drake; being his next voyage to that to Nombre de Dios. Collated with an unpublished manuscript of Francis Fletcher, chaplain to the expedition.
[Edited] with Appendices illustrative of the Same Voyage, and Introduction, by William Sandys Wright Vaux. 1854 (1855 [sic]). Pages 8, xl, 295 + 1 map.

From the 1628 edition 'collected out of the notes of Master Francis Fletcher', collated with British Library, Sloane MS 61.

History of the two Tartar Conquerors of China, including the two Journeys into Tartary of Father Ferdinand Verbiest in the Suite of the Emperor Kang-hi: From the French of Père Pierre Joseph d'Orléans, of the Company of Jesus. To which is added Father Pereira's Journey into Tartary in the Suite of the same Emperor, From the Dutch of Nicholaas Witsen.
Translated and Edited by the Earl of Ellesmere. With an Introduction by R. H. Major, ... . 1854. Pages 4, xv, vi, 153.

The first is from the 1688, Paris, edition; the narrative of Father Pereira's journey and the text of two letters by Father Verbiest are from the 1692, Amsterdam, edition. The supplementary material consists of the 1854 annual report.

A Collection of Documents on Spitzbergen & Greenland, comprising a translation from F. Martens' Voyage to Spitzbergen: a Translation from Isaac de la Peyrère's Histoire du Groenland: and God's Power and Providence in the Preservation of Eight Men in Greenland nine Months and twelve Dayes.
Edited by Adam White, Esq., of the British Museum. 1855 (1856 [sic]). Pages 4, xvi, 288 + 2 maps.

The first is from an English collection published in 1694; the second from the Relation du Groenland, Paris, 1663; the third is the text of Edward Pelham's tract, London, 1631. The supplementary material consists of the 1855 annual report.

The Voyage of Sir Henry Middleton to Bantam and the Maluco islands; being the Second Voyage set forth by the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East-Indies.
From the Edition of 1606. Annotated and Edited by Bolton Corney, M.R.S.L. 1855 (1856). Pages 4, 8, xii, 83, 52, viii + 3 maps.

The 1606 title-page begins: The last East-Indian voyage. The appendix includes commissions, letters of James I addressed to foreign rulers, and other documents. For a second edition, see Second Series 88 below. The supplementary material includes the 1856 annual report.

20. Russia at the Close of the Sixteenth Century. Comprising the Treatise "Of the Russe Common Wealth," by Dr Giles Fletcher; and The Travels of Sir Jerome Horsey, Knt., now for the first time printed entire from his own Manuscript. Edited by Edward A. Bond, Assistant Keeper of the Manuscripts in the British Museum. 1856 (1857). Pages cxxxiv, 392.

The first is a reprint of the London, 1591, edition; the second relates to the late sixteenth century. With additional documents descriptive of Russia and the missions of the two writers.

History of the New World, by Girolamo Benzoni, of Milan. Shewing his Travels in America, from A.D. 1541 to 1556: with some Particulars of the Island of Canary.
Now First Translated, and Edited by Rear-Admiral W. H. Smyth, K.S.F., D.C.L., etc etc etc. 1857. Pages 4, iv, 280 + 19 illustrations.

Text originally published at Venice, 1572. The supplementary material consists of the 1857 annual report.

India in the Fifteenth Century. Being a Collection of Narratives of Voyages to India in the Century preceding the Portuguese Discovery of the Cape of Good Hope; from Latin, Persian, Russian, and Italian Sources, now first Translated into English.
Edited, with an introduction, by R. H. Major, Esq., F.S.A. 1857 (1558). Pages xc, 49, 39, 32, 10, [8].

The travels of Abd-er-Razzak, Nicolò Conti, Athanasius Nikitin, and Hieronimo di Santo Stefano.

Narrative of a Voyage to the West Indies and Mexico in the years 1599-1602, With Maps and Illustrations. By Samuel Champlain.
Translated from the Original and Unpublished Manuscript, with a Biographical Notice and Notes, by Alice Wilmere. Edited by Norton Shaw. 1859 (1858). Pages 4, xcix, 48, 8 (loose) + 4 maps, 5 illustrations.

Text written c. 1602 (now considered an invention). The supplementary material consists of the 1858 annual report.

24. Expeditions into the Valley of the Amazons, 1539, 1540, 1639. Translated and Edited, with Notes, by Clements R. Markham, F.R.G.S., Author of "Cuzco and Lima". 1859. Pages 4, 8, lxiv, 190 + 1 map.

The expeditions of Gonzalo Pizarro, Francisco de Orellana, and Father Cristób
al de Acuña. With a 'List of the Principal Tribes of the Valley of the Amazons'. The supplementary material includes the 1859 annual report.

Early Voyages to Terra Australis, now called Australia: a Collection of Documents, and Extracts from early Manuscript Maps, illustrative of the History of Discovery on the Coasts of that vast Island, from the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century to the Time of Captain Cook.
Edited, with an Introduction, by R. H. Major, ... . 1859. Pages cxix, 200 + 5 maps.

From Spanish and Dutch sources and relating to Spanish and Dutch enterprises. A separate pamphlet dated 1861 and containing an article by Major on the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601, reprinted from Archaeologia, 38, 1860, was distributed 'for insertion as a Supplement' to HS 25.

Narrative of the Embassy of Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo to the Court of Timour, at Samarcand, A.D. 1403-6.
Translated, for the First Time, with Notes, a Preface, and an Introductory Life of Timour Beg, by Clements R. Markham, F.R.G.S. 1859 (1860 [sic]). Pages lvi, 200 + 1 map.

Henry Hudson the Navigator: the Original Documents in which his Career is recorded.
Collected, partly Translated, and Annotated, with an Introduction, by G. M. Asher, LL.D. 1860. Pages 4, 8, ccxviii, 292 + 2 maps.

The supplementary material includes the 1860 annual report.

28. The Expedition of Pedro de Ursua & Lope de Aguirre in Search of El Dorado and Omagua in 1560-1. Translated from Fray Pedro Simon's "
Sixth historical Notice of the Conquest of Tierra Firme". By William Bollaert, Esq., F.R.G.S. With an Introduction by Clements R. Markham. 1861. Pages 4, 8, lii, 237 + 1 map.From the Spanish text, published at Cuenca, 1627. The supplementary material includes the 1861 annual report.

The Life and Acts of Don Alonzo Enriquez de Guzman, a Knight of Seville, of the Order of Santiago, A.D. 1518 to 1543.
Translated from an Original and Inedited Manuscript in the National Library at Madrid; with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham, F.S.A., F.R.G.S., Corr. Mem. of the University of Chile. Author of "Cuzco and Lima". 1862. Pages 3, 8, xxv, 168 + 1 illustration.

Includes accounts of travel in Europe and Peru. The supplementary material includes the 1862 annual report.

30. The Discoveries of the World, from their First Original unto the Year of Our Lord 1555, by Antonio Galvano, governor of Ternate. Corrected, Quoted and Published in England, by Richard Hakluyt, (1601). Now Reprinted, With the Original Portuguese Text; and Edited by Vice-Admiral Bethune, C.B. 1862. Pages iv, viii, 242.

For the edition of António Galvão, Tratado ... , used by Hakluyt and the edition here reprinted, see The Hakluyt Handbook (Second Series 144-5 below), pp. 41, 344, 603.

Mirabilia Descripta. The Wonders of the East, by Friar Jordanus, of the Order of Preachers and Bishop of Columbum in India the Greater, (circa 1330).
Translated from the Latin Original, as published at Paris in 1839, in the Recueil de Voyages et de mémoires, of the Society of Geography, with the Addition of a Commentary, by Colonel Henry Yule, C.B., F.R.S.G., late of the Royal Engineers (Bengal). 1863 (1862). Pages 4, 8, iv, xvii, 68.

The supplementary material includes the 1863 annual report.

The travels of Ludovico de Varthema in Egypt, Syria, Arabia Deserta and Arabia Felix, in Persia, India, and Ethiopia, A.D. 1503 to 1508.
Translated from the Original Italian Edition of 1510, with a Preface, by John Winter Jones, Esq., F.S.A. And Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by George Percy Badger, late Government Chaplain in the Presidency of Bombay, Author of "The Nestorians and their rituals," etc, etc, etc. 1863 (1864 [sic]). Pages cxxii, 321 + 2 maps.

The Travels of Pedro de Cieza de León, A.D. 1532-50, contained in the First Part of his Chronicle of Peru.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham, F.S.A., F.R.G.S., Author of "Cuzco and Lima," "Travels in Peru and India," and a "Quichua Grammar and Dictionary". Volume I. 1864. Pages 4, 12, xvi, lvii, 438.

From the 1554 Antwerp edition. Continued from another source in First Series 68 below. The supplementary material includes the 1864 annual report.

34. Narrative of the Proceedings of Pedrarias Davila in the Provinces of Tierra Firme or Castilla del Oro, and of the Discovery of the South Sea and the Coasts of Peru and Nicaragua. Written by the Adelantado Pascual de Andagoya.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham. 1865. Pages 12, 4, xxix, 88 + 1 map. Text written c. 1514.

The supplementary material includes the 1865 annual report.

A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar in the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century, by Duarte Barbosa, a Portuguese.
Translated from an Early Spanish Manuscript in the Barcelona Library, with Notes and a Preface, by the Hon. Henry E. J. Stanley. 1866 (1865). Pages xi, 336 + 2 illustrations.

Text written c. 1514. Revised edition, Second Series 44, 49 below.

Cathay and the Way Thither. Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China.
Translated and Edited by Colonel Henry Yule, ... . With a Preliminary Essay on the Intercourse between China and the Western Nations previous to the Discovery of the Cape Route. Volume I. 1866. Pages 4, 15, ccliii, 250, iii + 3 maps, 6 illustrations.

Containing the travels of Friar Odoric of Pordenone, 1316-30, and letters and reports from missionary friars from Cathay and India, 1292-1338, in English translation. With a list of 'illustrations from drawings by the author'. This and the following item have continuous main pagination. The supplementary material includes the 1866 annual report.

Cathay and the way thither. ...
Volume II. 1866. Pages 253-596, xcviii + 1 map, 3 illustrations.

Contemporary notices of Cathay under the Mongols, from Rashíduddín; Pegolotti's notices of the land route to Cathay and of Asiatic trade in the fourteenth century; Marignolli's recollections of eastern travel; Ibn Batt_ta's travels in Bengal and China; the journey of Benedict Goës from Agra to Cathay; all in English translation, with Latin and Italian texts of Odoric's narrative. For a revised version of the whole work, see Second Series 33, 37, 38, 41 below.

The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher, in search of a Passage to Cathaia and India by the North-West, A.D. 1576-8. Reprinted from the First Edition of Hakluyt's Voyages, with Selections from Manuscript Documents in the British Museum and State Paper Office.
By Rear-Admiral Richard Collinson, C.B. 1867. Pages 4, 16, xxvi, 376 + 2 maps, 1 illustration.

With Edward Sellman's account of the third voyage, and a list of artefacts from Frobisher encampments, etc, found by C. F. Hall and deposited with the Royal Geographical Society. The additional documents relate to numerous aspects of the financing and fitting out of the expedition. According to the British Museum date stamp, despite the stated publication date, actual publication did not occur until 1869. The supplementary material includes the 1867 annual report.

The Philippine Islands, Moluccas, Siam, Cambodia, Japan, and China, at the Close of the Sixteenth Century. By Antonio De Morga.
Translated from the Spanish, with Notes and a Preface, and a Letter from Luis Vaez de Torres describing his Voyage through the Torres Straits. By the Hon. Henry E. J. Stanley. 1868. Pages xxiv, 431 + 2 illustrations.

From a transcription of the 1609 Mexico edition. The appendix includes a brief continuation of the history of the Philippines to 1868, particularly with regard to government and commerce. Revised edition, Second Series 140 below.

The Fifth Letter of Hernan Cortes to the Emperor Charles V, containing an Account of his Expedition to Honduras.
Translated from the Original Spanish by Don Pascual de Gayangos of the Spanish Academy; Corresponding Member of the Institute of France. 1868. Pages 3, xvi, 156.

The letter is dated 1526. The supplementary material consists of the 1868 annual report.

First Part of the Royal Commentaries of the Yncas by the Ynca Garcillasso de la Vega.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham. Volume I (Containing Books I, II, III, and IV). 1869. Pages xi, 359.

From the 1609 Lisbon edition. Continued in First Series 45 below.

The Three Voyages of Vasco da Gama, and his Viceroyalty. From the Lendas da India of Gaspar Correa. Accompanied by Original Documents.
Translated from the Portuguese, with Notes and an Introduction, by the Hon. Henry E. J. Stanley. 1869. Pages 2, lxxx, 430, xxxvi + 3 illustrations.

The additional documents, mainly letters and reports to the king of Portugal, are in Portuguese. The supplementary material consists of the 1869 annual report.

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with other Original Documents relating to this Four Voyages to the New World.
Translated and Edited by R. H. Major, ... , Keeper of the Department of Maps and Charts in the British Museum and Hon. Sec. of the Royal Geographical Society. Second Edition. 1870. Pages iv, cxlii, 254 + 3 maps, 1 illustration (in colour).

A revised translation of the documents in no. 2 above, with the editor's reply to J. A. Froude's strictures on the earlier edition in the Westminster Review (1852) and in his
Short Studies on Great Subjects, vol. 2.

44. History of the Imâms and Seyyids of 'Omân by Salîl-ibn-Razîk, from A.D. 661-1856.
Translated from the Original Arabic and Edited, with Notes, Appendices, and an Introduction, continuing the History down to 1870, by George Percy Badger, F.R.G.S., ... . 1871. Pages cxxviii, 435 + 1 map.

First Part of the Royal Commentaries of the Yncas ... .
... by Clements R. Markham, C.B. Volume II (Containing Books V, Vi, VII, VIII and IX). 1871. Pages 553.

Continued from 41 above.

46. The Canarian, or, Book of the Conquest and Conversion of the Canarians in the Year 1402, by Messire Jean de Béthencourt, Kt., Lord of the Manors of Bethencourt, Reville, Gourret, and Grainville de Teinturière, Baron of St. Martin le Gaillard, Councillor and Chamberlain in Ordinary to Charles V and Charles VI, composed by Pierre Bontier, Monk, and Jean le Verrier, Priest.
Translated and Edited by Richard Henry Major, ... . 1872. Pages 2, [2], 2, [2], lv, 229 + 1 map, 2 illustrations.

With the fifteenth-century French text. The supplementary material consists of the 1870 and 1871 annual reports.

Reports on the Discovery of Peru. I. Report of Francisco de Xeres, Secretary to Francisco Pizarro. II. Report of Miguel de Astete on the Expedition to Pachacamac. III. Letter of Hernando Pizarro to the Royal Audience of Santo Domingo. IV. Report of Pedro Sancho on the Partition of the Ransom of Atahuallpa.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham, ... . 1872. Pages xxii, 143 + 1 map. Documents of c. 1533.

48. Narratives of the Rites and Laws of the Yncas.
Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscripts, and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Clements R. Markham, ... . 1873 (1872). Pages 4, 4, 12, xx, 220. Accounts by Cristóbal de Molina, c. 1570-84, Juan de Santa Cruz (an Indian), c. 1620, Francisco de Avila, 1608, and Polo de Ondegardo, c. 1560.

Indexes include one of Quichua vocabulary. The supplementary material includes the 1872 and 1873 annual reports.

Travels to Tana and Persia, by Josafa Barbaro and Ambrogio Contarini.
Translated from the Italian by William Thomas, Clerk of the Council to Edward VI, and by S. A. Roy, Esq., And Edited, with an Introduction, by Lord Stanley of Alderley. 1873. Pages xi, 175.

A Narrative of Italian Travels in Persia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries.
Translated and Edited by Charles Grey. 1873. Pages xvii, 231.The two editions are bound together but separately paginated.

The second contains accounts by Caterino Zeno, Giovan Maria Angiolello, Vincentio d'Alessandri, and an unknown merchant.

The Voyages of the Venetian Brothers, Nicolò and Antonio Zeno, to the Northern Seas in the XIVth Century, comprising the latest known Accounts of the Lost Colony of Greenland; and of the Northmen in America before Columbus.
Translated and Edited, with Notes and an Introduction, by Richard Henry Major, ... . 1873. Pages ciii, 64 + 4 maps.

The Italian text of the Zenos' narrative, and the Danish and Latin texts of Ivar Bardsen's description of Greenland in the fourteenth century, with English translation.

Bibliography Explanation 1st Series I 1st Series II 2nd Series I 2nd Series II 3rd Series Extra Series