Item #5000428 Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786… [and] Apéndice a la Relacion…. José de VARGAS Y. PONCE.
Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786… [and] Apéndice a la Relacion…
Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786… [and] Apéndice a la Relacion…

Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes… [and] Apéndice…
Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786… [and] Apéndice a la Relacion…

Madrid: Por la viuda de Ibarra, 1788-1793.

Quarto, two volumes bound together; with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, five fine large folding maps and five folding tables; an excellent copy in contemporary red morocco, Spanish royal arms in gilt on each cover within gilt borders, light blue silk endpapers (some light damage near inner joints), all edges gilt.

Patagonia and the straits of Magellan: Spanish royal armorial binding

The complete first edition in two volumes: a most attractive copy of this handsome book in a fine contemporary binding incorporating the royal arms of Carlos III of Spain, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793) which appeared five years after the main work and is not present in all copies.

The complete first edition in two volumes: a most attractive copy of this handsome book in a fine contemporary binding incorporating the royal arms of Carlos III of Spain, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793) which appeared five years after the main work and is not present in all copies.

This is the best description of Patagonia and the Straits of Magellan, then as now an area of strategic and navigational significance. Vargas y Ponce's book gives the official account of the two expeditions made by Antonio de Córdoba to "ascertain the advisability of Spaniards continuing to use the Strait in voyages - the results indicated the negative. After these expeditions the Spanish trade routes were exclusively to east coast ports and then overland to the Pacific ports…" (Hill). The large folding maps, fine and detailed, are all based on observations made during the Córdoba voyages.

Córdoba's exploration of the Straits of Magellan is accompanied by Vargas y Ponce's summary of the early explorations of the area, mainly from an examination of original manuscripts in the Spanish archives. He discusses various means of navigating the Straits, with detailed sailing instructions, and describes the climate, indigenous peoples and natural history if the region.

Provenance: Maria Zoila Godoy de Cobo (with armorial bookplate).

Hill, 1756; JCB, III, 3224; Navarrete, II, pp. 127-9; Palau, 352514-5 ('obra interesante y bien publicada').

Condition Report: Small original leather flaw in fornt cove, a couple of stains on binding but generally fine; light worm damage to the silk endpapers.

Price (AUD): $12,500.00

US$8,222.62   Other currencies

Ref: #5000428

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