See also:English compiler of
See also:works on travel and
See also:discovery, was
See also:born at Thaxted,
See also:Essex, and graduated at St
See also:College, Cambridge, in 1600; later he became B.D., with which degree he was admitted at
See also:Oxford in 1615 . In 1604 he was presented by
See also:James I. to the vicarage of Eastwood, Essex, and in 1614 became
See also:chaplain to Archbishop
See also:Abbot and rector of St
See also:Martin's, Ludgate,
See also:London . He had previously spent much
See also:time in London on his
See also:work . In 1613 he published
See also:Purchas, his Pilgrimage; or, Relations of the
See also:World and the Religions observed in all Ages (4th ed. much enlarged, 1626); in 1619 Purchas, his
See also:Pilgrim . Microcosmus, or the histories of Man .
See also:Relating the wonders of his Generation, vanities in his Degeneration,
See also:Necessity of his Regeneration; and in 1625 Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas his Pilgrimes, contayning a
See also:History of the World in
See also:Sea Voyages and Lande Travells, by Englishmen and others (4 vols.) . This continuation of
See also:Principal Navigations was partly based on
See also:left by Hakluyt . The
See also:fourth edition of the Pilgrimage is usually catalogued as vol. v. of the Pilgrimes, but the two works are essentially distinct . Purchas died in
See also:September or
See also:October 1626, according to some in a debtors' prison . None of his works was reprinted till the
See also:Glasgow reissue of the Pilgrimes in 1905-1907 . As an editor and compiler Purchas was often injudicious, careless and even unfaithful; but his collections contain much of value, and are frequently the only
See also:sources of information upon important questions affecting the history of exploration .
HENRY PURCELL (1658-1695)
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