Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation (second edition, 1598–1600) is the most important collection of English travel writing ever published. The territories it describes cover every area of European activity and aspiration in the period, from the New World to Muscovy, the Levant, Persia, the East Indies and Africa. Published in three massive folio volumes (approx. 1.76 million words), the work was instrumental in promoting English expansion through colonial and trade ventures around the globe.

The critical edition of The Principal Navigations is under contract with Oxford University Press in 14 volumes, under the general editorship of Prof. Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Prof. Claire Jowitt (University of Southampton). The edition will make available Hakluyt’s text in a way that has not been possible before, opening up the era of early modern travel and exploration to a new generation of readers.

Grants and Funding Awards

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • IRCHSS Senior Research Project Fellowship
  • Higher Education Authority (Ireland)
  • Research Support Fund, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • The British Academy Small Research Grant (2009, 2011, 2015)
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) Research Associateship (2010, 2014)
  • British Academy Research Development Award
  • The Clothworkers’ Company

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