• Bookshop: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts (Canada)
  • Publishing year: 1918
  • Publisher: Royal Geographical Society
  • Subjects: ,Europe Literature AMERICANA - North & South America
  • Shipment weight: 750 g
  • Edition: F First Edition
  • Publishing place: London

Bibliographic details

11 pages. Plus a full-page sketch illustration of Sir Walter Raleigh and his son Walter. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This is an exceptional biographical sketch of Sir Walter Raleigh, published three hundred years after his execution on October 29, 1618. Sir Walter Raleigh was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, and explorer. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen Elizabeth I, and was knighted in 1585. Instrumental in the English colonisation of North America, Raleigh was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements. In 1591 he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were sent to the Tower of London. After his release, they retired to his estate at Sherborne, Dorset. In 1594 Raleigh heard of a "City of Gold" in South America and sailed to find it, publishing an account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of "El Dorado". After Queen Elizabeth died in 1603 Raleigh was again imprisoned in the Tower, this time for allegedly being involved in the Main Plot against King James I, who was not favourably disposed toward him. In 1616 he was released to lead a second expedition in search of El Dorado. This was unsuccessful and men under his command ransacked a Spanish outpost. He returned to England and, to appease the Spanish, was arrested and executed in 1618.

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