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Virginia richly valued, by the description of the maine land of Florida, her next neighbour : out of the four yeeres continuall trauell and discouerie, for aboue one thousand miles east and west, of Don Ferdinando de Soto, and sixe hundred able men in his companie. Wherin are truly oserued the riches and fertilitie of those parts, abounding with things necessarie, pleasant, and profitable for the life of man: with the natures and dispositions of the inhabitants / Written by a Portugall gentleman of Eluas, emploied in all the action, and translated out of Portugese by Richard Hakluyt.

Additional Title(s):

Discouerie of Florida, next adioyning to Virginia

Relaçam verdadeira dos trabalhos que o governador dom Fernando de Souto e certos fidaldos portuguezes passarom no descobrimiento da provincia da Frolida. English.

At London : Printed by Felix Kyngston for Matthew Lownes, and are to be sold at the signe of the Bishops head in Pauls Churchyard, 1609.
Physical Description:
[8], 180 p. ; 18 cm. (4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F229 .V57 1609
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
BEIN C14 109g copy 2: Imperfect: some running titles bled.
To the right honourable, the right worshipfull counsellors, and others the cheerefull aduenturors for the aduancement of that Christian and noble plantation in Virginia [by Richard Hakluyt] (caption title at head of leaf A2r); leaves A2-A4. Caption title "A relation of such things, as Don Ferdinando de Soto, the adelantado of Florida passed in seeking to conquer the said countrey ..." at head of leaf B1r. Running title reads: The discouerie of Florida, next adioyning to Virginia.
In 1609 the London promoters of the Virginia colony, in the hope of improving its conditions, applied for a second and more specific charter with enlarged privileges. At the same time a number of pamphlets were issued in behalf of the colony, e.g. "Nova Britannia" and "A good speed to Virginia." Hakluyt, a persistent promoter of Elizabethan overseas expansion, especially the colonization of North America, in order to attract further attention to the venture, published this translation of the anonymous Portuguese account of Florida, "Relaçam verdadeira ...," under a title which called attention to the possibilities of Virginia, and said in his dedicatory letter to the counsellors of the company: "This worke ... though small in shew, yet great in substance, doth yeeld much light to our enterprise now on foot: whether you desire to know the present and future commodities of our countrie; or the qualities and conditions of the inhabitants, or what course is best to be taken with them."
Signatures: A-Z⁴ 2A².
Woodcut ornament on t.p., woodcut head-pieces and initials.
Printed marginalia.
BAC: Selected exhibitions: "Wilde Americk: Discovery and Exploration of the New World" (Yale Center for British Art, 27 September-30 December, 2001)
BAC: Imperfect: title wanting and factitious title supplied in near-facsimile. Many catchwords and signatures cut into. In gilt-tooled green morocco-style binding; marbled end-papers.
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 22938
Church, E.D. Catalogue of books relating to the discovery and early history of North and South America, 337
English short title catalogue, S122013
Subject Terms:
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Early works to 1800.
Barlow, Samuel L. M. (Samuel Latham Mitchill), 1826-1889 -- Bookplate (BEIN)
Florida -- History -- Spanish colony, 1565-1763.
Florida -- History -- To 1565.
Hoe, Robert, 1839-1909 -- Bookplate (BEIN Taylor 243)
McCoy, James Comly, 1862-1934 -- Bookplate (BEIN Taylor 243)
Robinson, Charles Leonard Frost, d. 1916 -- Bookplate (BEIN Taylor 243)
Soto, Hernando de, ca. 1500-1542.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616.
Kingston, Felix, printer.
Lownes, Matthew, -1625, publisher.

Wilde Americk - Discovery and Exploration of the New World, 1500-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-09-27 - 2001-09-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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