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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Samuel Purchas (1577?–1626)

Purchas, Samuel (pėr-chas). An English compiler of books of travel and exploration; born at Thaxted, in Essex, 1577?; died in 1626—in poverty, and it is believed in a debtor’s prison. His works are: ‘Purchas his Pilgrimage, or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages’ (1613; much enlarged in the 4th ed. 1626); ‘Purchas his Pilgrim or Microcosmus, or the Historie of Man: Relating the Wonders of his Generation, Varieties in his Degeneration, and Necessity of his Regeneration’ (1619); ‘Purchas his Pilgrimes: or Relation of the World in Sea Voyages and Land Travels, by Englishmen and Others’ (4 vols., 1625),—a continuation of Hakluyt, and partly founded on papers left by him.