Richard J. Campbell, ed., with Peter T. Bradley and Joyce Lorimer: The Voyage of Captain John Narbrough to the Strait of Magellan and the South Sea in His Majesty's Ship Sweepstakes, 1669-1671.
In 2009, after a public appeal, the British Library purchased a manuscript ‘Booke’, which Captain Narbrough bought in 1666 and into which he subsequently entered his journals of his voyages and correspondence relating to them. The ‘Booke’ contains his own fair copy of the journal of his voyage through the Strait of Magellan and north to Valdivia in the Sweepstakes, 1669-1671. This is published here for the first time, together with an incomplete and somewhat different copy of the journal, held in the Bodleian Library, which was made for him by a clerk after he returned to England, and which was partially published in 1694. Both versions of the journal together with previously unpublished records made by members of his company, as well as reproductions of the charts which Narbrough relied on and those he produced, are printed here.
Narbrough's mission was to carry out a passenger who referred to himself as Don Carlos Enriques and who claimed to have expert knowledge of Peru and Chile, and contacts with disaffected colonists and indigenous peoples. Don Carlos's written proposals to King Charles II and his ministers, only recently discovered, are here translated from Spanish, and give a clear sense of the character, if not the real identity, of an adventurer, who gave the authorities in England, Chile and Peru totally different and changing stories about his status and the purpose of the voyage.
Roy Bridges, ed., A Walk Across Africa / J. A. Grant's Account of the Nile Expedition of 1860-1863.
This exceptional new edition of Grant's 1864 book, A Walk Across Africa, provides the opportunity to re-examine the role of the author, who emerges as a far more impressive and important figure than has previously been recognised. Rather than being no more than a loyal second-in-command to John Hanning Speke, Grant was a trained scientist who kept a detailed diary and provided, in 147 watercolours and sketches, the first visual record of large parts of East Africa. Professor Bridges draws on the extensive collection of Grant's papers in the National Library of Scotland, and in a 66-page introduction places the expedition in its historical context, particularly with regard to exposing the credulity of previous commentators on the source of the Nile. The book is lavishly illustrated with 154 plates, 44 of them in colour, and 10 maps. It is thoroughly indexed and includes a 12-page bibliography and appendices relating to linguistics, measurements, and even a list of personal kit taken by the expedition.
This book, distributed in April 2018, is issued free of charge to members of the Society. Additional copies may be purchased from the publisher for £92 (or £35.99 as an eBook) by following this link.
Anthony Payne, ed., Hakluyt & Oxford: Essays and Exhibitions Marking the Quatercentenary of the Death of Richard Hakluyt in 1616