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Early Voyages and Travels to Russia and Persia

The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. The name of Anthony Jenkinson (1529-1610/11), the Elizabethan traveller and diplomat, is perhaps better known in Russia than in Britain. As agent for the Muscovy Company, he made four journeys to Russia to negotiate trade terms with Tsar Ivan IV ('Ivan the Terrible'), and travelled as far as Persia and the Caspian Sea. This two-volume work, published in 1886, contains an account of Jenkinson's journeys, and transcriptions of documents from the State Papers. The Victorian editors provided an introductory essay and explanatory notes.
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Dedication; Introduction; Supplementary notes; The manner of the entring of Solyman the Great Turke with his armie into Aleppo in Syria; The safe conduct or priuilege, given by Sultan Solyman the Great Turke, to Master Anthony Ienkinson; Instructions giuven to the masters and mariners to be obserued in and about these fleete; The first voyage made by Master Anthony Ienkinson from the citie of London toward the land of Russia; The voyage of M. Anthony Ienkinson, made from the citie of Mosco in Russia, to the citie of Boghar in Bactria; The latitudes of certaine principall places in Russia; Certaine notes gathered by Richard Iohnson; Here foll certaine countreys of the Samoeds; The relation of Chaggi Memet, a Persia merchant, to Baptista Ramusius; A letter of Master Anthonie Ienkinson vpon his returne from Boghar; The Queenes Maiesties letter to the Emperour of Russia; The Queenes Maiesties letters to the Great Sophie of Persia; A remembrance giuen by vs the gouernours, consuls, and assistants of the Companie of Marchants trading into Russia; A compendious and briefe declaration of the iourney of M. Anthonie Ienkinson from the famous citie of London into the lande of Persia; A copie of the priuiledges giuen by Obdolowcan, king of Hircania; Anthony Jenkinson's petition to the Queen; Documents relating to Jenkinson's service off the coast of Scotland.

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