The Hakluyt Society for scholarly books on voyages of discovery, history of exploration, maritime history, historical travel accounts

Since its foundation in 1846, the Hakluyt Society has been centrally concerned with the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages and travels. With some 370 volumes published, this remains our principal activity, while we now extend our work to conferences, lectures and the award of grants and prizes. The volumes, which are distributed to current members, are illustrated with maps and plates and are widely prized for their standards of scholarship and book production.

The Hakluyt Society is named after Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616), collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels and other documents relating to English interests overseas, his most celebrated work being The Principal Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation. His name was almost certainly pronounced hak’loowt, the family having come from the forest of Clwyd in the historic county of Radnor.

Membership of the Hakluyt Society is open to all and is strongly recommended to everybody interested in the history of exploration and travel, exploratory voyages, geographical discovery and worldwide cultural encounter.

On payment of an annual subscription, members receive all volumes issued by the Society (other than those of the Extra Series) for the year of membership. These historically significant texts and translations, often appearing in print for the first time, are fully annotated, well illustrated with maps and plates, and conform to the highest standards of scholarship. As such they often represent the ‘last word’ on the material they embrace, and are widely valued by historians and geographers throughout the world. Normally, two volumes are published each year, representing extraordinary value for money. These books are beautifully bound and printed, and stamped in gold with the familiar ‘Victoria’ logo of the Society, and rapidly become treasured collectors’ items.

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Society News & Events

Annual General Meeting, Lecture and Reception, 15 June 2022

The Society’s Annual General Meeting, lecture and reception will be held on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 at 5.15 pm BST (16.15 UTC) at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. The lecture will also be available via Zoom for those unable to join us in person and the lecture will be posted afterwards on the video page of the Society’s website. The lecturer will be Professor Ladan Niayesh of the Université de Paris, who will speak on ‘Echoing Cities in Muscovy Company Merchants’ Itineraries in Persia and Central Asia (15581571)’. The lecture will follow the AGM, the agenda for which is distributed with this newsletter. The Zoom link for the meeting and tickets for the reception, costing £18.00, can be obtained from: office@hakluyt.com.

Latest Member Volume

English Travellers to Venice 1450-1600 / Edited by Michael G. Brennan

467 pages, 16 maps, 27 colour plates, 45 b/w illustrations, 29-page introduction, appendix, bibliography, index. Includes 35 separate accounts, drawn from contemporary manuscripts and printed sources, of the experiences of a wide range of English travellers to Venice.
This book is issued free of charge to Society members.

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The Hakluyt Society Blog

For more about Hakluyt Society activities, sponsored events and news related to our fields on interest, we recommend visiting the Hakluyt Society Blog from time to time. Our posts relate to historical exploration, expeditions, navigators, voyages of discovery, nautical history, maritime history, geographical discovery, travel journals, accounts of pilgrimages, sailing ships, historical log books, topographical discovery, narratives of discovery, the history of cartography and much more. The Hakluyt Society Blog.

The Hakluyt Society website is written, maintained and updated by Raymond John Howgego FRGS (Hon. Editor Online Publications) who will be happy to answer enquiries relating to website content and the online Journal of the Hakluyt Society. These and any new material that might be of interest to members of the Society may be sent to webeditor@hakluyt.com. For all other enquiries please go to the Contact page.