Hakluyt Society recent news and forthcoming events

Hakluyt Society Recent News and Forthcoming Events

Hakluyt Society Recent News and Forthcoming Events

Toulouse Conference, 20-21 January 2022

The Société d’Etudes Anglo-Américaines des XVIIè et XVIIIè siècles, 48th Annual Conference, TERRITORIES OF DIPLOMACY: THE ANGLO-AMERICAN WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE 17TH AND 18 TH CENTURIES, will take place on 20-21 January 2022. The Hakluyt Society is presenting a roundtable discussion as one of the sessions. It will be both an online and a live event, with papers in English and French. To download the complete programme of conference events please follow this link.

Festschrift volume in honour of Vice-President Will Ryan

A volume has been published to celebrate our former president, Professor Will Ryan FBA: Magic, Travels and Texts: Homage to a Scholar, Will Ryan, ed. Janet Hartley and Denis J. B. Shaw. Among 21 chapters, a section on ‘Travel, Technology and Exploration’ includes three papers by volume editors of the Hakluyt Society and one by an international representative. For details of content and how to purchase, please follow this link.

Covid-19 update

Although the British Library has reopened staff absences mean that the forwarding of post sent to our address at the library is somewhat erratic. Members are therefore encouraged to use the online credit-card system, or alternatively to use PayPal to update their subscriptions. If you need help with your username and password to log into the members’ area, please contact the office at office@hakluyt.com

Latest publication

Glen F. Dille: Spanish and Portuguese Conflict in the Spice Islands: the Loaysa Expedition to the Moluccas 1525-1535. From Book XX of The General and Natural History of the Indies by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés. A translation of thirty-one chapters of Oviedo’s History describing two little known but remarkable voyages that followed in the wake of Magellan: the first led by García Jofre de Loaysa, and the second, a relief expedition, led by Alvaro Saavedra. An Appendix includes the ‘Narrative of Andrés de Urdaneta’.

Latest Videos

The 2021 Annual Lecture, ‘The Volga: the River as Frontier’, by Professor Janet Hartley, one of the Society’s new series editors, is now available as a video. Watch the video here.

Professor Trevor Levere talks about the experiences of Henry Wemyss Feilden, naturalist in HMS Alert on the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-6, and about his own work of editing Feilden’s journal for the Hakluyt Society. Watch the video here.

Online talk by Michael Brennan

The talk Professor Brennan was planning to give to the editorial workshop scheduled for 20 March is now available on this website by following this link. Professor Brennan’s subject is the Hakluyt Society volume he is editing on English travellers to Venice, 1450-1600. The video is best viewed at ‘full screen’.

Other recent publications from the Hakluyt Society

Derek L. Elliott: The Voyages and Manifesto of William Fergusson, a Surgeon of the East India Company 1731-1739. The first publication of Fergusson’s diaries recalling his experiences as a young man travelling the world during his apprenticeship. They cover four voyages, one in home waters and the others to the East, calling at ports in Africa, Arabia, India, South East Asia and China.

Trevor H. Levere: The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, RA, the Naturalist on HMS Alert, 1875-1876. The first publication of the daily diary of Feilden, one of the two full-time naturalists on what was the first major British naval expedition to the high Arctic. 431 pages, 10 maps, 17 colour plates, 68 figures; including a 34-page Introduction, appendices, bibliography, indexes. The book is issued free of charge to Society members and was distributed in November / December 2019.


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.

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