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by Englishmen and others, Wherein God's wonders in nature and providence, the acts, arts, varieties, and vanities of men, with a world of the world's rarities, are by a world of eye-witness-authors related to the world. Some left written by Mr. Hakluyt at his death, more since added, his also perused and perfected. All examined, abbreviated, illustrated with notes, enlarged with discourses, adorned with pictures, and expressed in maps. In four parts, each containing five books.
Part 1, contains the voyages and peregrinations made by ancient kings, patriarchs, apostles, philosophers, and others, to and thorow the remoter parts of the known world; enquiries also of languages, and religions, especially of the modern diversified professions of Christianity. A description of all the circum-navigations of the globe. Navigations and voyages of Englishmen along the coasts of Africa, to the Cape of Good Hope, and from thence to the Red Sea, &c. English 'voyages beyond the East Indies, to Jam pan, China, Cochin-China, the Philippine Islands, &c. The English affairs with the Great Samorine, (Mogul,) in the Persian and Arabian Gulphs, and in other places of the continent, and islands of and beyond the Indies. The Portugal attempts, and Dutch disasters, &c.
Part 2. Navigations, voyages, and landdiscoveries, with other historical relations of Africa, and of the sea-coasts and inland regions of Ethiopia, by Englishmen and others. Peregrinations andtravels by land in Palestina, Natolia, Syria, Arabia, Persia, and other
parts of Asia. Discoveries by land, of Assyria, Armenia, Persia, India, Arabia, and other inland countries of Asia, by Englishmen and others.
Part S. Peregrinations and discoveries in the remotest North and East parts of Asia, called Tartaria and China ; and of Europe, as Russia, &c. by Englishmen and others. Voyages and discoveries in the north parts of the world, by land and sea, in Asia, Europe, the polar regions, and in the north west of America. Relations of Greenland, Groenland, the north-west passage, and other arctic regions. Voyages and travels to and in the New World, called America: relations of their Pagan antiquities, and of the regions and plantations in the north and south parts thereof, and of the seas and islands adjacent.
[Near the end of this volume, is the book of the Indians, with Mexican hieroglyphics, or pictures cut in wood, which were pure, chased by Hakluyt, when chaplain to the English ambassador in France, for twenty crowns.]
Part 4. Voyages to the East, West, and South Parts of America; many sea and land fights; invasions, and victories against the Spaniards, in those parts and the Spanish islands; plantations in Guiana, and adventures of Englishmen amongst the Americans. Voyages to and about the Southern America. Voyages to, and land travels in Florida, Virginia, and other parts of the Northern America. French plantings; Spanish supplantings; English Virginian voyages, and to the islands Azores, English plantations, discoveries, acts, and occurrents, in Virginia and Summer Islands, since the year 1606, till 1624. English discoveries and plantations in New England, and Newfoundland; with the patent and voyages to New Scotland. Relations also of the fleets set forth by Queen Elizabeth against the Spaniards.”—This work has never been reprinted, from its magnitude and the consequent expence which would at
tend it. Large extracts or fragments of it, however, have been inserted in the subsequent collections of voyages by Harris and others.
Of the festival solemnities, and of the magnificence of
the Grand Khan. Book 4, Chap. 14, edit. 1617.
We have already spoken of the solemn sacrifice observed on the eight and twentieth day of August. We read in our author, Marcus Paulus, an eyewitness of these his relations, of other the grand Khan's grand solemnities; of which two are principal;; one on his birth-day, which in Cublai Khan's time, was the eight and twentieth of September ; on which himself was royally clothed in cloth of gold, and twenty thousand of his barons and soldiers were all apparelled in one colour, and like (excepting the price) to himself, every one having a girdle wrought of gold and silver, and a pair of shoes. Some of their garments richly set with pearls and jewels, which they wear on the thirteen solemnities, according to the thirteen moons of the year. On this day all the Tatars, and several princes subject, present him with rich gifts; and all sects of religions pray unto their Gods for his health and long life.
But their chief feast is on the first day of their year, which they begin in February, celebrated by the grand Khan and all the countries subject to him; in which they are all arrayed in white, a colour, in their estimation, portending good luck. And then he is presented with many cloths and horses of white colour, and other rich presents, in the same religiously observing the number of nine ; as nine times nine horses, if they be able; and so of pieces of gold, cloth, and the rest. Then also the ele phants (which are about five thousand) are brought forth in sumptuous furniture; and camels covered with silk. And in the morning they present themselves in the hall as many as can, the rest standing without in their due order. First, those of the imperial progeny, next, the kings, dukes, and others, in their due place. Then cometh forth a great man or prelate, which cryeth out with a loud voice; “ bow down yourselves and worship,” which they presently do, with their faces to the earth. This prelate addeth, God save and preserve our Lord, long to live with joy and gladness." They all answer, “ God grant it.” The prelate again; “ God increase his dominion, and preserve in peace all his subjects, and prosper all things in all his countries.” Whereunto they answer as before. Thus do they worship four times. After this, the said prelate goeth to ani altar there, richly adorned; on which is a red table, with the name of the great Khan written in it, and