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Recent News and Forthcoming Events

Hakluyt Society Annual General Meeting, Annual Lecture and Reception, 20 June 2018

The Society's AGM and Annual Lecture will take place on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 5.15 pm. The venue will be the University of Notre Dame London Centre, 1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG. The AGM will be followed by the lecture 'Disease and Discontent: the Impact of Seamen's Health on Shipboard Order in the Early East India Company', delivered by Professor Cheryl Fury of the University of New Brunswick.
The meeting and lecture are open to members and their guests free of charge. Tickets for the reception need to be purchased in advance. Full details of the AGM, the reception, and the security arrangement in force at the university, will be circulated by post to all members in early May. Details will also appear on this website in due course.

New publications from the Hakluyt Society

Roy Bridges, ed., A Walk Across Africa / J. A. Grant's Account of the Nile Expedition of 1860-1863 (Hakluyt Society, series III, volume 32, London, 2018).

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

The contents include catalogues by Anthony Payne of the two Oxford exhibitions, at Christ Church and at the Bodleian Library, together with essays by Jim Bennett, Anthony Payne and William Poole. A5 format, viii + 104 pp., 8 colour plates.
Price £5; including postage to UK: £6.80; other European countries: £10.35; rest of the world: £12.65

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