FOSTER, Sir William (Introduction and Notes by) ~ The Voyages of Sir James Lancaster to Brazil and the East Indies 1591-1603
London, Printed for The Hakluyt Society, 1940
Hakluyt Society, Second Series. No LXXXV. 8vo [218 x 140 mm]; Pp. xl,178. Portrait, frontispiece of Sir James Lancaster, with tissue guard. Title page with 'Lancaster's Arms', Folding plate (The Fight with the Carrack), and 3 maps (one in colour), all as called for. Publishers blue cloth with blind stamped ruling and decoration, Gilt device to upper and lower boards. Gilt title lettering to spine. Some page fore edges uncut. Very slight fading to spine. Minor rubbing to spine ends and corners. Signs of removed book plate or label on front free endpaper. Small Univ. Coll. stamp to bottom edge of title page, otherwise in very good clean sound and bright looking condition.
Lancaster, Sir James (1554/5–1618), merchant, was one of at least three sons of James Lancaster of Basingstoke. He was born at Basingstoke and brought up among the Portuguese, as a gentleman, soldier, and merchant. He returned to England before February 1587 and in 1588 commanded the Edward Bonaventure, a merchant ship of 250 tons, serving in the fleet against the Armada (ODNB). The 3 voyages, of which the two directed to the East Indies were not only memorable in themselves but constituted important stages in the establishment of regular intercourse by sea between England and the Far East. In 1600 Lancaster became a director of the newly founded East India Company.