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Purchas, Samuel (1577?-1626)
Purchas his Pilgrimage, or, Relations of the world and the religions obserued in all ages and places discoured, from the Creation vnto this present…
2nd edition
London : Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone ... , 1614.

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Samuel Purchas was an English clergyman and compiler of travel literature. The original design of his, Purchas His Pilgrimage (1613), was as a survey of peoples of the world and their religions. But such was its success that he expanded it into his famous compilation of travel literature, Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrims (1625) for which he used the papers of Richard Hakluyt, East India Company records, as well as other manuscript material. This latter work was widely used as a source for information about foreign lands and cultures by natural philosophers.

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