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]


  • Notes upon Russia by Sigismund von Herberstein; English translation and preface by R.H. Major (1851)
  • Early Voyages to Terra Australis (1859)[2]
  • 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 (1861)
  • Memoir on a mappemonde by Leonardo da Vinci, being the earliest map hitherto known containing the name of America
  • The Life of Prince Henry of Portugal, Surnamed the Navigator, and its Results (1868)
  • The Voyages of the Venetian Brothers Nicolò and Antonio Zeno (1873)
  • India in the Fifteenth Century


  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Major, Richard Henry". Dictionary of National Biography 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Major, Richard Henry (ed) (1859). Early Voyages to Terra Australis, now called Australia. London: The Hakluyt Society. Retrieved 10 Feb 2014.