Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, ed. Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt.

The Hakluyt Society Extra Series 47 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).

This volume features an interdisciplinary collection of 24 essays by a leading group of scholars discussing Hakluyt and his work.

The essays resituate Hakluyt in the political, economic, and intellectual context of his time, looking at his literary and historical resources, his international connections, and his editorial practice. The genre of travel collection to which he contributed emerged from Continental humanist literary culture. Hakluyt adapted this tradition for nationalistic purposes by locating a purported history of ‘English’ enterprise that stretched as far back as he could go in recovering antiquarian records.

The volume is divided into five sections: ‘Hakluyt in Context’; ‘Early Modern Travel Collections’; ‘Editorial Practices’; ‘Allegiances and Ideologies: Politics, Religion, Nation’; and ‘Hakluyt: Rhetoric and Writing’. The volume concludes with an account of the formation and ethos of the Hakluyt Society, founded in 1846, which has continued his project to edit travel accounts of trade, exploration, and adventure.