Colección de los viajes y descubrimientos que hicieron por mar los españoles desde fines del siglo XV…
Colección de los viajes y descubrimientos que hicieron por mar los españoles desde fines del siglo XV. Con varios documentos inéditos concernientes a la historia de la marina castellana y de los.

Madrid: Imprenta Nacional, 1858; 1825, 1829 & 1837.

Five volumes, small quarto, three folding maps and two portraits; an excellent set in contemporary marbled sheep, later labels.

"The earliest and rarest records of American discovery"

A good set of this highly important collection of Spanish sea voyages - the Spanish equivalent of Burney's great collection. "It may safely be asserted that the enterprise of this laborious compiler has rescued from oblivion the earliest and rarest records of American discovery" (Sabin). Fernandez de Navarrete provides the texts of many historical documents, from manuscripts, many previously unpublished, or from rare printed books, of great significance for the history of the discovery of America, concentrating on the voyages of Columbus and Vespucci, and the subsequent Spanish voyages. A full list of the contents can be found in Leclerc, who described this as "collection extremement importante et devenue difficile à trouver", or in Rich who devotes almost a page to the work.

A good set of this highly important collection of Spanish sea voyages - the Spanish equivalent of Burney's great collection. "It may safely be asserted that the enterprise of this laborious compiler has rescued from oblivion the earliest and rarest records of American discovery" (Sabin). Fernandez de Navarrete provides the texts of many historical documents, from manuscripts, many previously unpublished, or from rare printed books, of great significance for the history of the discovery of America, concentrating on the voyages of Columbus and Vespucci, and the subsequent Spanish voyages. A full list of the contents can be found in Leclerc, who described this as "collection extremement importante et devenue difficile à trouver", or in Rich who devotes almost a page to the work.

"This, as Brunet observes, is an important collection, and was the source from whence Washington Irving drew the materials for his Life of Columbus. It contains the original Diary of the voyage of Columbus, compiled by B. de las Casas, and the expeditions of Amerigo Vespucci. The editor has reprinted rare early printed works and original documents in the early history of the American discoveries, which would have otherwise been inaccessible to many later researchers" (Bernard Quaritch catalogue 883, 1967). Most sets that we have traced, including the one quoted from Quaritch's catalogue above, seem to contain at least two volumes in the reprint of the 1850s, implying that the original printings must have been very small. The present set has just the first volume in the 1858 reprint while all the others are first editions dating from 1825 to 1837.

Borba de Moraes, II, pp. 96-7; Leclerc, 401; Palau, 89462; Rich, II, p. 79; Rodrigues, 1749.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504967

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