The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, & Discoveries of the English Nation. Edited by Edmund Goldsmid.
Edinburgh: E. & G. Goldsmid, 1885-90. Tall 8vo. 16 volumes in 17, set. First edition thus. Fourth edition overall. This edition based upon the Second Edition (1598-1600). Original red cloth, gilt. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Numerous maps and illustrations, some folding. Most spines uniformly faded. A little wear to the spine ends and corner tips. A few corners gently pushed. Some dust-soiling to the boards. Most endpapers foxed but other contents clean. Steel engraved armourial bookplate of Thomas Gair Ashton to each front pastedown and the small ink stamp of a Liverpool bookseller. Near fine. Item #6285
The editor has, 'grouped together those voyages which relate to the same parts of the globe, instead of adopting the somewhat haphazard arrangement of the original edition.' Thus: Northern Europe; North-Eastern Europe, and adjacent countries, part I Tartary, parts II & III The Muscovy Company and the North-East Passage; Central and Southern Europe; Madeira and the Canaries; Ancient Asia, Africa, & c.; England's naval exploits against Spain; Asia (3 parts); Africa; America (4 parts in 5 volumes); West Indies; Voyages of Circumnavigation (2 parts); Miscellaneous; Index. The first handy edition of Hakluyt, benefiting from the scholarship of the editor and many new maps and illustrations, but still very uncommon especially in this condition.