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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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Hakluyt's Promise

Peter C. Mancall

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Samuel Purchas's second edition of his collection of travel narratives that stood in contrast to Hakluyt's works. Purchas tended to rewrite the accounts that came into his possession, weaving them into a narrative that reflected his clerical bearing. His first edition, published only a year before, had sold so quickly that he feared a “second impression” would appear before he could add the new material he had gathered, particularly pertaining to Europe. Purchas, never immodest, also claimed that he had enriched the work by studying many authorities he had not used in the first edition. His efforts took a toll; the changes could not have been made “without my great cost and paines,” he claimed, “which might rather merit Elogies then Apologies.” .

Keywords:   travel narratives, Samuel Purchas, clerical bearing, Europe, Elogies, Apologies

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