Purchas, Samuel

Purchas, Samuel

(pûr`kəs, –chəs), 1577?–1626, English clergyman and compiler of travel literature, b. Essex. Chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury, he later was rector of St. Martin's Church, London. His first book, Purchas His Pilgrimage (1613), was designed as a survey of peoples and religions of the world. Its success led to his most famous compilation of travel literature, Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrims (4 vol., 1625) for which he used the papers of Richard Hakluyt, East India Company records, and many manuscripts he had collected, which have since been lost.

Bibliography

See selections by H. G. Rawlinson (1931) and C. Wild (1939).

References in periodicals archive ?
Purchas, Samuel 1626 (1613): "Of the Canaries, Madera and Porto Santo".
Purchas, Samuel 1626: Purchas, his Pilgrimage or Relations of the Worm and the Religions Obserued in All Ages and Places discouered, from the Creation unto this Present.
PURCHAS, Samuel, 1625, Hakluytus posthumus or Purchas his Pilgrimes: Contayning a history of the world, in sea voyages, & lande-trauells, by Englishmen and others .