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Samuel Purchas

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(1577–1626), 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 ...

Purchas, Samuel

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Samuel ( 1577–1626 ) English traveller and author Purchas His Pilgrimage ( 1613 ) Non-Fiction Purchas His Pilgrim ( 1619 ) Non-Fiction Hakluytus Posthumus; or, Purchas His Pilgrimes ( 1625 ) ...

Purchas, Samuel

Purchas, Samuel (1575?–1626)   Reference library

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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..., Samuel ( 1575?–1626 ), historian and travel writer : b. Thaxted ; rector of St Martin‐within‐Ludgate, London ( City : Ludgate Hill) 1614–26 . Purchas his Pilgrim 1619 , Hakluytus Posthumus 1625...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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..., Samuel ( c. 1575–1626 ), English editor of Hakluyt . Educated at Cambridge, Purchas became vicar of St Martin's, Ludgate (London). In 1613 he published Purchas his Pilgrimage; or, The Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in All Ages , followed in 1619 by Purchas his Pilgrim: Microcosmus; or, The Histories of Man . In 1625 he published Hakluyt Posthumous; or, Purchas his Pilgrims: Containing a History of the World, in Sea Voyages and Land Travels by Englishmen and Others , compiled from manuscripts left by Hakluyt, to whom he...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

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..., Samuel ( 1577–1626 ), English author of travel books . Samuel Purchas cheerfully conceded that he had never traveled more than two hundred miles from his Essex birthplace. He was, however, responsible for two major travel books, Purchas His Pilgrimage; or, Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in All Ages and Places Discovered ( 1613 ) and Purchas His Pilgrimes (4 vols., 1625 ). The Pilgrimage , which Purchas called a religious geography, reached a fourth edition in 1626 , but Purchas's modern reputation rests on the Pilgrimes , a...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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..., Samuel ( 1575?–1626 ), English clergyman, whose best-known religious writing is Purchas his Pilgrim. Microcosmus, or the histories of Man ( 1619 ). He is famous for carrying on the work of Hakluyt , although his editions of contemporary travel narratives are considered inferior in style and scholarship to those of his predecessor. In 1613 he published his first collection, Purchas his Pilgrimage; or, Relations of the World and the Religions observed in all Ages and places discovered, from the Creation unto this Present. The final revision of this...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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..., Samuel ( 1575?–1626 ), English clergyman whose best-known religious writing is Purchas his Pilgrim: Microcosmus, or the Historie of Man (1619). He is famous for carrying on the work of Richard Hakluyt, although his editions of contemporary travel narratives are considered inferior in style and scholarship to those of his predecessor. In 1613 he published his first collection, Purchas His Pilgrimage: or Relations of the World and the Religions observed in all Ages and Places discovered, from the Creation unto this Present . The final revision of...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Samuel ( 1577–1626 ) Editor and publisher of travel literature . Purchas his Pilgrimage… ( 1613 ), essentially a religious geography, was followed in 1619 by Purchas his Pilgrim…the Historie of Man . In 1624–5 came his major work incorporating materials left by Hakluyt , Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas his Pilgrimes, Contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Land Travell , ranging from the travels of the biblical patriarchs to the latest reports of English voyages. The first section, after an introductory book, contains accounts of...

Purchas, Samuel

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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2007
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...that Purchas, unlike his predecessors Richard Eden and Hakluyt, was a pioneer of explaining rather than creating empire. Pennington, L. E. , ed. The Purchas Handbook: Studies of the Life, Times and Writings of Samuel Purchas, 1577–1626 . 2 vols. London: Hakluyt Society, 1997. Essays on a variety of Purchas topics, along with a chronology of his life, and an extended bibliography of books and articles based or commenting on Purchas’s publications; for the maritime accounts in Pilgrimes, see John Parker’s chapter on the sources in volume II. Purchas, Samuel , ed....

Purchas, Samuel

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Samuel ( 1577–1626 ) Editor and publisher of travel literature , born at Thaxted, Essex, educated at St John's College, Cambridge, who held various church benefices, latterly in London. Purchas his Pilgrimage… ( 1613 ), essentially a religious geography, was followed in 1619 by Purchas his Pilgrim…the Historie of Man . In 1624–5 came his major work incorporating materials left by Hakluyt , Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas his Pilgrimes, Contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Land Travell . At 4,000 folio pages in four volumes...

Samuel Purchas

Samuel Purchas  

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(1577–1626),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 ...
Thaxted

Thaxted  

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EssexOld wool town on the B184 off the A130, birthplace in 1577 of Samuel Purchas, later rector of St Martin's, Ludgate Hill, London.The silver hanging lamp in the ...
Sir Thomas Gates

Sir Thomas Gates  

(fl. 1596–1621),Governor of Virginia, wrecked off Bermuda en route to the colony in the Sea-Adventure in 1609. Various accounts of the incident, including William Strachey's in Samuel Purchas's ...
‘Kubla Khan

‘Kubla Khan  

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A Vision in a Dream’ A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published 1816. In 1797, while living near the Wordsworths in Somerset, Coleridge took opium and fell asleep when reading ...
Ludovico di Varthema

Ludovico di Varthema  

(c. 1470–c. 1517),medieval Italian traveler in Arabia. What little we know about Ludovico di Varthema comes from his Itinerario, the Italian account of his travels around southern Asia and ...
Thomas Coryate

Thomas Coryate  

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(?1577–1617),travelled in 1608 through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland, mainly on foot. His fame as a traveller was legendary in his lifetime. His Coryats Crudities (1611) is a long ...
Francis Drake

Francis Drake  

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(1540–1595),English seaman and circumnavigator. Drake was born in Tavistock, in Devon, England, probably in February or March 1540. He was the son of Edmund Drake, a shearer turned priest. ...
Richard Hakluyt

Richard Hakluyt  

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(c. 1552–1616),English geographer and historian. He compiled Principal Navigations, Voyages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (1598), a collection of accounts of great voyages of discovery which ...
Thaxted

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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... Essex Old wool town on the B184 off the A130, birthplace in 1577 of Samuel Purchas , later rector of St Martin's, Ludgate Hill, London. The silver hanging lamp in the S chapel of the 14th‐c. church is a memorial to A. E. Coppard ( d. 1957 ), short‐story writer and poet, who lived at Duton Hill, c. 3 m....

Gates, Sir Thomas

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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Sir Thomas ( fl. 1596–1621 ), Governor of Virginia , wrecked off Bermuda en route to the colony in the Sea-Adventure in 1609 . Various accounts of the incident, including William Strachey ’s in Samuel Purchas ’s Pilgrims , Richard Rich ’s News from Virginia , and Sylvester Jourdan ’s A Discovery of the Bermudas , are possible sources for The Tempest . Cathy...

Xanadu

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...The summer residence of kublai khan , about 180 miles (290km) north of Beijing. The name is an alteration of Shang-du , ‘imperial capital’. It was made famous by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘Kubla Khan’ ( 1816 ), with its opening lines: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree. Coleridge was inspired by a sentence in Samuel PurchasPurchas his Pilgrimage ( 1613 ): In Xamdu did Cublai Can build a stately Palace, encompassing sixteene miles of plaine ground with a wall, wherein are fertile Meddowes, pleasant Springs, delightfull...

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