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Samuel Purchas

(1577—1626) geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman

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published in 1613 Purchas His Pilgrimage, Or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in All Ages; in 1619 Purchas His Pilgrim; and in 1625 Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrimes, Contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Land Travell by Englishmen and Others, which is in part based on manuscripts left by Hakluyt. It contains accounts of voyages to India, China, Japan, Africa, and the Mediterranean and attempts to discover the North‐West Passage, the Muscovy expeditions, and the explorations of the West Indies and Florida. Coleridge was reading about Kubla Khan in Purchas when he fell into the trance that produced his own poem on the subject, and J. L. Lowes in The Road to Xanadu (1927) further traces his debt. See also Romanticism.

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