London: the Hakluyt Society, 1979. Pamphlet. 27p., softbound, a stapled pamphlet measuring 8.5x5.5 inches, divided precisely at the staple with a couple of printed notices laid in, everything in good clean order, near-fine. The talk concerns little-broached areas of pursuit, namely the Arabic principally but also Iranian/Persian and Ottoman Turkish. Professor Beckingham thinks that as constituted, Hakluyt is unready to tackle these promising projects. He also makes a case for map-makers to have been way behind experienced mariners in an understanding of geography and the lay of the land in general.