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Critical Edition of Important Travel Writings

Critical Edition of Important Travel Writings

‌Richard Hakluyt’s monumental compilation of Renaissance travel accounts, The Principal Navigations…of the English Nation (published 1598-1600) is the most important collection of English travels writing ever produced. The territories it escribes cover every area of European activity and aspiration in the period, from the New World to Muscovy, the Levant, Persia, the East Indies and Africa. The work was published in three massive folio volumes containing approx. 1.76 million words, and it spurred colonial settlement in Virginia and a global expansion of trade, with lasting consequences to the present day. 

Prof. Daniel Carey of the School of Humanities and the Moore Institute is general editor of the first-ever critical edition of the work, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 14 volumes from 2016-18. The edition will make available Hakluyt’s text in a way that has not been possible before, opening up the era of early modern travel and exploration to a new generation of readers.

The project has recently launched a website,, and a new volume of essays, edited by Prof. Carey and Claire Jowitt, has just appeared: Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2012). The project has been funded in 2012 by the Irish Research Council, supporting the work of Prof. Carey and a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Anders Ingram.

Prof. Daniel Carey,
School of Humanities & Moore Institute

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