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Hakluyt's PromiseAn Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America$
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Peter C. Mancall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110548

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110548.001.0001

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London, 1590 to 1600 Truth and Lies

London, 1590 to 1600 Truth and Lies

(p.195) Chapter 9 London, 1590 to 1600 Truth and Lies
Hakluyt's Promise

Peter C. Mancall

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the event that brought fame to the inhabitants of Roanoke, namely, the decision of the Frankfurt publisher J. Wechel to print four separate versions of the Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry's edition of Thomas Harriot's report on Roanoke. The text of the English version had in fact appeared as a separate small book in 1588, and Hakluyt included these words the next year in his Principall Navigations. What set Wechel's actions apart was his decision to publish editions with illustrations and to do so in English, German, Latin, and French, each with slightly different titles. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was Hakluyt who had the idea that illustrated editions of these books should be published.

Keywords:   report on Roanoke, J. Wechel, Theodor de Bry, Thomas Harriot, Principall Navigations, illustrated editions

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