Richard Henry Major

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Richard Henry Major (October 3, 1818 – June 25, 1891) was a geographer and map librarian who curated the map collection of the British Museum from 1844 until his retirement in 1880. During that time he published a number of books related to maps or documents of historical significance. From 1849 until 1858, he was the Secretary of the Hakluyt Society.[1]

Works[edit]

  • Notes upon Russia: Being a Translation of the earliest Account of that Country, entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum commentarii, by the Baron Sigismund von Herberstein[2]
  • Early voyages to Terra Australia, now called Australia[3]
  • Further Facts Relating To The Early Discovery Of Australia With Supplementary Observations On The Same Subject
  • The Discovery Of Australia By The Portuguese In 1601[4]
  • Memoir on a mappemonde by Leonardo da Vinci, being the earliest map hitherto known containing the name of America[5]
  • The life of prince Henry of Portugal surnamed the navigator and its results: Comprising the discovery, within one century, of half the world. With new facts in the discovery of the Atlantic Islands. A refutation of French claims to priority in discovery. Portuguese Knowledge (subsequently lost) of the Nile lakes; and the history of the naming of America.[6]
  • The voyages of the Venetian brothers, Nicolò & Antonio Zeno, to the northern seas in the XIVth century : comprising the latest known accounts of the lost colony of Greenland and of the Northmen in America before Columbus[7]
  • India in the fifteenth century : being a collection of narratives of voyages to India, in the century preceding the Portuguese discovery of the Cape of Good Hope ; from Latin, Persian, Russian, and Italian sources, now first translated into English[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Major, Richard Henry". Dictionary of National Biography 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ von Herberstein, Baron Sigismund (1851). Major, Richard Henry, ed. Notes upon Russia: Being a Translation of the earliest Account of that Country, entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum commentarii. London: The Hakluyt Society. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Major, Richard Henry, ed. (1859). Early voyages to Terra Australia, now called Australia. London: The Hakluyt Society. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Major, Richard Henry (1861). The Discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601: Five Years Before the Earliest Discovery Hitherto Recorded : with Arguments in Favour of a Previous Discovery by the Same Nation, Early in the Sixteenth Century. London: J.B. Nicholls and Sons. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Major, Richard Henry (1865). Memoir on a mappemonde by Leonardo da Vinci, being the earliest map hitherto known containing the name of America, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor. (PDF). London: J.B. Nicholls and Sons. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Major, Richard Henry (1868). The life of prince Henry of Portugal surnamed the navigator and its results: Comprising the discovery, within one century, of half the world. With new facts in the discovery of the Atlantic Islands. A refutation of French claims to priority in discovery. Portuguese Knowledge (subsequently lost) of the Nile lakes; and the history of the naming of America. London: A. Asher & Co. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Zeno, Niccolò (1873). Major, Richard Henry, ed. The voyages of the Venetian brothers, Nicolò & Antonio Zeno, to the northern seas in the XIVth century : comprising the latest known accounts of the lost colony of Greenland and of the Northmen in America before Columbus. London: The Hakluyt Society. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Major, Richard Henry (1857). India in the fifteenth century : being a collection of narratives of voyages to India, in the century preceeding the Portugese discovery of the Cape of Good Hope; from Latin, Persian, Russian, and Italian sources, now first translated into English. London: The Hakluyt Society. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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