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Recent News and Forthcoming Events

Latest publication from the Hakluyt Society
Angela Byrne, ed., A Scientific, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour / John (Fiott) Lee in Ireland, England and Wales, 1806-1807.
 This book, unavoidably delayed, should be with most members by now.

Hakluyt Society Annual General Meeting, 19 June 2019

The Society's next Annual General Meeting, Lecture and Reception, will be held on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. The lecturer will be Professor Carla Rahn Phillips, whose Hakluyt Society volume, The Struggle for the South Atlantic: the Armada of the Strait, 1581-1584, was published in 2016. The book has received very positive reviews and the lecture will share aspects of the experience of writing it, under the title, 'The Struggle for the South Atlantic: Sources and Serendipity'. The AGM will begin at 5.15 and the lecture at 5.45, at the London Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, 1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG.  Members will receive a notice of the AGM and Lecture and those planning to attend should let the Administrator know (by 9 June if purchasing tickets for the Reception, by 16 June for admission only to the AGM and Lecture) by email to .

Workshop at the University of Warwick, 17 May 2019
The Society is one of the sponsors of a one-day workshop to be held on 17 May 2019 at the University of Warwick. The theme is: ‘Re-Imagining the Mediterranean: Trans-cultural networks in the Early Modern World’.  Registration is now open and details can be found on this link.

Hakluyt Society Symposium, 5-6 September 2019
This year's symposium will be held at Leiden, 5-6 September 2019, in collaboration with our sister society in the Netherlands, the Linschoten-Vereeniging. The theme will be 'Rethinking Power in Maritime Encounters (1400-1900)'. A call for papers for this event is open until 1 March. For full details please follow this link.

Thomas Harriot Lecture, 23 May 2019
This year's Thomas Harriot Lecture in Oxford will once again be something of a Hakluyt event, as it was in 2018. On Thursday 23 May 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Champneys Room of Oriel College, our vice-president, Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto will speak on 'Both to love and fear us – how to found an empire in Harriot’s day'. A drinks reception for all will follow at 6 p.m. All are welcome, with no further formality, but any details can be had from Professor Robert Fox (

New publications from the Hakluyt Society

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

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; to other European countries: £10.35; to the rest of the world: £12.65.
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