Samuel Purchas

English writer (1577–1626)

Samuel Purchas (c. 1577 – 1626), an English cleric, published several volumes of reports by travellers to foreign countries. He is not to be confused with a Samuel Purchas (died c. 1658), author of A Theatre of Political Flying-Insects.

Samuel Purchas at the age of 48
Title page of Samuel Purchas's magnum opus: Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas his Pilgrimes, London, 1625


  • They yeelde Divine honours to divers of their deceased Saints, and build Temples unto beasts. One of which (dedicated to an Ape) hath large Porches, and hath (faith e Massaus) seven hundred Marble Pillars not inferior to those of Agrippa in the Raman pantheon. It seemeth that the ground in that palace is not of so quesie watry a stomack but that it can digest deep foundations.
    • (The first book, Chapter 10, Asia, P 491) ‘Purchas: his pilgrimage or Relations of the world and the Religions observed in all ages and places discoursed creation into this present’ , quoted in Kishore, Kunal (2016). Ayodhyā revisited. ch. 12
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