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It may be that the diplomatic correspondence covering the claims of Spain by virtue of the discovery of Columbus, and leading to the bull of demarcation of May, , may yet be found, accompanied by maps, of the highest interest in interpreting the relations of the new geography. There is no assurance that the end of manuscript disclosures has yet come. Some new bit of documentary proof has been found at times in places quite unexpected. The number of Italian observers in those days of maritime excitement living in the seaports and trading places of Spain and Portugal, kept their home friends alert in expectation by reason of such appetizing news.

Such are the letters sent to Italy by Hanibal Januarius, and by Luca, the Florentine engineer, concerning the first voyage. There are similar transient summaries of the second voyage. Some have been found in the papers of Macchiavelli, and others had been arranged by Zorzi for a new edition of his documentary collection. These have all been recovered of recent years, and Harrisse himself, Gargiolli, Guerrini, and others, have been instrumental in their publication. It was thirty-seven years after the death of Columbus before, under an order of Charles the Fifth, February 19, , the archives of Spain were placed in some sort of order and security at Simancas.

The great masses of papers filed by the crown secretaries and the Councils of the Indies and of Seville, were gradually gathered there, but not until many had been lost. Others apparently disappeared at a later day, for we are now aware that many to which Herrera refers cannot be found. New efforts to secure the preservation and systematize the accumulation of manuscripts were made by order of Philip the Second in , but it would seem without all the success that might have been desired. Towards the end of the last century, it was the wish of Charles the Third that all the public papers relating to the New World should be selected from Simancas and all other places of deposit and carried to Seville.

The act was accomplished in , when they were placed in a new building which had been provided for them. Thus it is that to-day the student of Columbus must rather search Seville than Simancas for new documents, though a few papers of some interest in connection with the contests of his heirs with the crown of Castile may still exist at Simancas. Thirty years ago, if not now, as Bergenroth tells us, there was little comfort for the student of history in working at Simancas.

The papers are preserved in an old castle, formerly belonging to the admirals of Castile, which had been confiscated and devoted to the uses of such a repository. The one large room which was assigned for the accommodation of readers had a northern aspect, and as no fires were allowed, the note-taker found not infrequently in winter the ink partially congealed in his pen. There was no imaginable warmth even in the landscape as seen from the windows, since, amid a treeless waste, the whistle of cold blasts in winter and a blinding African heat in summer characterize the climate of this part of Old Castile.


Of the early career of Columbus, it is very certain that something may be gained at Simancas, for when Bergenroth, sent by the English government, made search there to illustrate the relations of Spain with England, and published his results, with the assistance of Gayangos, in , as a Calendar of Letters, Despatches, and State Papers relating to Negotiations between England and Spain, one of the earliest entries of his first printed volume, under , was a complaint of Ferdinand and Isabella against a Columbus-some have supposed it our Christopher-for his participancy in the piratical service of the French.

Harrisse complains that we have as yet but scant knowledge of what the archives of the Indies at Seville may contain, but they probably throw light rather upon the successors of Columbus than upon the career of the Admiral himself. The notarial archives of Seville are of recent construction, the gathering of scattered material having been first ordered so late as The partial examination which has since been made of them has revealed some slight evidences of the life of some of Columbus's kindred, and it is quite possible some future inquirer will be rewarded for his diligent search among them.

It is also not unlikely that something of interest may be brought to light respecting the descendants of Columbus who have lived in Seville, like the Counts of Gelves; but little can be expected regarding the life of the Admiral himself. The personal fame of Columbus is much more intimately connected with the monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas.


Here his remains were transported in ; and at a later time, his brother and son, each Diego by name, were laid beside him, as was his grandson Luis. Here in an iron chest the family muniments and jewels were kept, as has been said. It is affirmed that all the documents which might have grown out of these transactions of duty and precaution, and which might incidentally have yielded some biographical information, are nowhere to be found in the records of the monastery. A century ago or so, when Mu? The national archives of the Torre do Tombo, at Lisbon, begun so far back as , are well known to have been explored by Santarem, then their keeper, primarily for traces of the career of Vespucius; but so intelligent an antiquary could not have forgotten, as a secondary aim, the acts of Columbus.

The search yielded him, however, nothing in this last direction; nor was Varnhagen more fortunate. Harrisse had hopes to discover there the correspondence of Columbus with John the Second, in ; but the search was futile in this respect, though it yielded not a little respecting the Perestrello family, out of which Columbus took his wife, the mother of the heir of his titles. There is even hope that the notarial acts of Lisbon might serve a similar purpose to those which have been so fruitful in Genoa and Savona. There are documents of great interest which may be yet obscurely hidden away, somewhere in Portugal, like the letter from the mouth of the Tagus, which Columbus on his return in March, , addressed to the Portuguese king, and the diplomatic correspondence of John the Second and Ferdinand of Aragon, which the project of a second voyage occasioned, as well as the preliminaries of the treaty of Tordesillas.

There may be yet some hope from the archives of Santo Domingo itself, and from those of its Cathedral, to trace in some of their lines the descendants of the Admiral through his son Diego. The mishaps of nature and war have, however, much impaired the records. Of Columbus himself there is scarce a chance to learn anything here.

The papers of the famous lawsuit of Diego Colon with the crown seem to have escaped the attention of all the historians before the time of Mu? The direct line of male descendants of the Admiral ended in , when his great-grandson, Diego Colon y Pravia, died on the 27th January, a childless man. Then began another contest for the heritage and titles, and it lasted for thirty years, till in the Council of the Indies judged the rights to descend by a turn back to Diego's aunt Isabel, and thence to her grandson, Nu?

The excluded heirs, represented by the children of a sister of Diego, Francisca, who had married Diego Ortegon, were naturally not content; and out of the contest which followed we get a large mass of printed statements and counter statements, which used with caution, offer a study perhaps of some of the transmitted traits of Columbus. Harrisse names and describes nineteen of these documentary memorials, the last of which bears date in The most important of them all, however, is one printed at Madrid in , known as Memorial del Pleyto, in which we find the descent of the true and spurious lines, and learn something too much of the scandalous life of Luis, the grandson of the Admiral, to say nothing of the illegitimate taints of various other branches.

Harrisse finds assistance in working out some of the lines of the Admiral's descendants, in Antonio Caetano de Sousa's Historia Genealogica da Casa Real Portugueza Lisbon, , in 14 vols. The most important collection of documents gathered by individual efforts in Spain, to illustrate the early history of the New World, was that made by Juan Bautista Mu? A first volume of Mu? He was attacked for his views, and there was more or less of a pamphlet war over the book before death took him from the strife; but he left a fragment of the second volume in manuscript, and of this there is a copy in the Lenox Library in New York.

Another copy was sold in the Brinley sale. The Mu? They were finally deposited by the Spanish government in the Academy of History at Madrid. Here Alfred Demersey saw them in , and described them in the Bulletin of the French Geographical Society in June, , and it is on this description as well as on one in Fuster's Biblioteca Valenciana, that Harrisse depends, not having himself examined the documents. Martin Fernandez de Navarrete was guided in his career as a collector of documents, when Charles the Fourth made an order, October 15, , that there should be such a work begun to constitute the nucleus of a library and museum.

The troublous times which succeeded interrupted the work, and it was not till that Navarrete brought out the first volume of his Coleccion de los Viages y Descubrimientos que hicieron por Mar los Espa? Any life of Columbus written from documentary sources must reflect much light from this collection of Navarrete, of which the first two volumes are entirely given to the career of the Admiral, and indeed bear the distinctive title of Relaciones, Cartas y otros Documentos, relating to him. Navarrete was engaged thirty years on his work in the archives of Spain, and was aided part of the time by Mu?

His researches extended to all the public repositories, and to such private ones as could be thought to illustrate the period of discovery. Navarrete has told the story of his searches in the various archives of Spain, in the introduction to his Coleccion, and how it was while searching for the evidences of the alleged voyage of Maldonado on the Pacific coast of North America, in , that he stumbled upon Las Casas's copies of the relations of Columbus, for his first and third voyages, then hid away in the archives of the Duc del Infantado; and he was happy to have first brought them to the attention of Mu?

Martin, Walckenaer, and others. It was published at Paris in three volumes in The work contains Navarrete's accounts of Spanish pre-Columbian voyages, of the later literature on Columbus, and of the voyages of discovery made by other efforts of the Spaniards, beside the documentary material respecting Columbus and his voyages, the result of his continued labors.

Caleb Cushing, in his Reminiscences of Spain in , while commending the general purposes of Navarrete, complains of his attempts to divert the indignation of posterity from the selfish conduct of Ferdinand, and to vindicate him from the charge of injustice towards Columbus. This plea does not find to-day the same sympathy in students that it did sixty years ago. Father Antonio de Aspa of the monastery of the Mejorada, formed a collection of documents relating to the discovery of the New World, and it was in this collection, now preserved in the Academy of History at Madrid, that Navarrete discovered that curious narration of the second voyage of Columbus by Dr.

Chanca, which had been sent to the chapter of the Cathedral, and which Navarrete included in his collection. Navarrete's name is also connected, as one of its editors, with the extensive Coleccion de Documentos Ineditos para la Historia de Espa? This collection yields something in elucidation of the story to be here told; but not much, except that in it, at a late day, the Historia of Las Casas was first printed.

Beyond the papers which Navarrete had earlier given, and which are here reprinted, there is not much in this collection to repay the student of Columbus, except some long accounts of the Repartimiento in Espa? The latest documentary contribution is the large folio, with an appendix of facsimile writings of Columbus, Vespucius, and others, published at Madrid in , by the government, and called Cartas de Indias, in which it has been hinted some use has been made of the matter accumulated by Navarrete for additional volumes of his Coleccion.

His prolixity. His writings. His privileges. Codex Diplomaticus. Their publication by Spotorno. Letters to the Bank of St. Toscanelli's letter. Harrisse's memorial of Columbus. Columbus's printed works. Journal of his first voyage. Abridged by Las Casas. Letter to Santangel. Letter to Sanchez. Printed editions. Catalan text. Letter found by Bergenroth. Columbus gives papers to Bernaldez.

Varieties of the Spanish text. Origin of the Latin text. Transient fame of the discovery. English mentions of it. My heart and love will never be yours. Order of publication. Second voyage. Columbus's letters.

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Third voyage. Fourth voyage.


Las Casas uses Columbus's papers. Work on the Arctic pole. Missing letters. Columbus's maps. Genoa notarial records. Records of the Bank of St. Vatican archives. Hidden manuscripts.

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Letters about Columbus. Simancas and Seville. Seville notarial records. Santa Maria de las Cuevas. Torre do Tombo. Santo Domingo archives.

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New York: Black Sun Press, He soon began to sculpt from this material many portraits of his friends and public figures of the day. An excellent example of this work, this being a deluxe edition bound in a quarter vellum He then makes the word about follow the mention of the age. Calder, l'artiste et l'oeuvre. Revue historique.

Folding map. Very good. Biography of Paez, associate of Simon Bolivar and ruler of Venezuela from March, Large portrait of Christopher Columbus on front. Attack on conservative politician and writer, Dr. Telmo R. What makes Biblio different? Facebook Instagram Twitter. Sign In Register Help Cart. Cart items. Toggle navigation. Secunda Epoca. Each: J Quito: Tip. Cunninghame London: William Heinemann, Ltd. Teran] Quito,, Perhaps this was one of the books his servant had acquired for him in London on an earlier trip. There is, alas, no indication of earlier or later ownership.

The motto which Lauderdale has written is, presumably, not a family motto but one that reflects his current situation: the Greek seems to mean 'Suffer and hope', and 'Durate' presumably means 'Endure'. See F. Giambattista, Giovan Strozzi. Vendeur : Roger Middleton P. Oxford, Royaume-Uni. Small pale library number to lower inner corner of upper cover, a few tiny light spots to upper inner corner of same, large armorial bookplate on front pastedown and below it an old clipped catalogue entry for this title, a few very neat lines of comment on this book in Italian on front endpaper, small ink smudge on verso front endpaper, very small pale red ink stamped coat of arms on fore-edge margin of title page, a little very pale foxing to a few margins, small printer's ink smudge in margin of final page.

A very good copy. Giovanni Battista Strozzi, member of the famous Florentine family who were for many years rivals of the Medici, was a scholar, patron of the arts and like his father of the same name, a poet. New Second edition. Petrum Vander Aa.

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Lugduni Batavorum Leiden About this Item:. Lugduni Batavorum Leiden, Contemporary calf, with old reback retaining the original gilt-panelled spine, corners worn, some of the plates browning at the edges, without the 7 un-numbered, smaller plates [these are frequently absent], v. Sabin Streit II, Palau Artents Add. JCB II, See also Church re. First French edition, translated from the original Italian , Venise , of the first biography of Christopher Columbus, by one of his contemporaries who knew him best, his portside son, Ferdinand.

Henry Vignaud, severe critic of the origins of the so-called Columbus Legend, judged it to be "the most important of our sources of information on the life of the discoverer of America," and Washington Irving honored it as "the corner-stone of the history of the American continent. Rutgers University Press , - calls it "a work of great authority," and continues: "Ferdinand's Historie is more than a rich and faithful source of information about Columbus.

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It is also a moving personal document that vividly re-creates the moral and intellectual atmosphere of Columbus's world and the swirling passions of which he was the center. It is in large part a straightforward narrativ. About this Item: No Binding. Etat : Good. The first biography of Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier printed in Lima, rare imprint describing a stamp made commemorating the Canonization of Loyola, Xavier, and others.

Geronymo de Contreras. In folio x mm. Few pin-hole worm holes, a larger one affecting a little text, last ff. Rare Limenian imprint printed by Geronimo de Contreras, one of the foremost printers of the first half of the 17th century in Lima, explaining the stamp made in commemoration for the canonization of Saint Isidro, Saint Ignacio de Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Teresa de Jesus and Saint Philip Neri; it is also possibly the earliest printed biographies in South America of the Saints being canonised.

The ceremony was well attended by the highest ranks of clergy as well as nobility, as one would expect considering the relevance the Society had gained by the early 17th century; the imprint gives a relation of the events prior and during the canonization. Not in Medina. Not in Sabin. Palau, First Edition. By , at the age of 57, Schurman was completely disgusted with her life, her fame and the constant stream of visitors who imposed so severely on her time. At this crossroad, she met the Pietist, Jean de Labadie, a former Jesuit who had converted to Protestantism and then founded a contemplative religious sect known as Labadism.

Anna Maria was fascinated by Labadie and his ideas and she completely abandoned her former life and joined his religious community. Nine years later, she published this autobiography, taking her title from Luke where Martha's sister, Mary, "chooses the better part" by sitting at Christ's feet rather than helping out in the kitchen.

The autobiography encompassed the whole of her life up to that point, providing an excellent window into contemporary attitudes and practices most especially in relation to women along with a clear exposition of the religious ferment that so permeated Dutch society throughout that time.

Anna Marie's late conversion to Labadism did, of course, color much of her presentation but the book is, as noted by her biographer Una Birch, characterized by "a sincere effort after self-portrayal, and of which the pages were only written after prolonged self-examination and searching of the heart. At the very end of her life, she composed a second autobiographical volume which focused almost exclusively on her religious sensibilities and beliefs. That book not offered here was published as a separate volume in , seven years after her death. The next book in this sammelband is the first Latin edition of Gualdo Priorato's biography of Albrecht Wallenstein, the Duke of Friedland.

The Italian original was published in and thisLatin translation is made by Josua Arnd twenty-five years later. Priorato's biography is still one of the main near contemporary sources to the life and fate of Wallenstein, the famous "Generalissimo" in the Thirty Years War, who was murdered in The final book is Henri de Rohan's political analysis of contemporary Europe which was also compiled and edited by Josua Arnd the translator of the Wallenstein biography described above.

An absolutely beautifully preserved contemporary velum binding with the most minimal soiling one could expect of a book well over years old.

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With 7 lines of contemporary Rathenow". The Rohan book does not. In the same ink and contemporary hand as the inside cover, the verso of the TP of the autobiography is covered with 30 lines of notes describing the chapters. The text is then clean and bright up until page where occasional neat red pencil and sometimes black ink underlinings occur right through and including the final page, Otherwise, this is a truly lovely copy of thisrevealing 17th century autobiography by a well-educated and extremely well-connected woman.

Moderner Pergamentband im Stil der Zeit. The book, however, contains besides some preparations for medical use and a chapter on transmutation. Considering that the book deals with secrets of chemistry in a very secret way, Weidenfeld's may be called in every sense a 'Secret Work'" Ferguson, Bibliographical Notes.

Okes for Richard Clotterbuck, London Vendeur : Sokol Books Ltd. About this Item: N. Okes for Richard Clotterbuck, London, Woodcut initials, typographical and woodcut head and tail pieces, engraved portrait frontispiece of Welby, trimmed and mounted probably from the reprint. Title and verso of last dusty, light age browning, upper margin cut close, running headline just trimmed in places, the odd marginal mark.

A good copy in excellent C19 blue morocco gilt by Ramage, covers triple gilt ruled to a panel design gilt fleurons to outer corners, spine richly gilt in compartments, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt. A rare and most interesting account of the life of the famous recluse Henry Welby of Grub Street, with epistles and epitaphs by Shakerly Marmion, John Taylor the water poet, Thomas Brewer, and Thomas Heywood himself, who was most probably was the author of the main text.

In this work he relates the life of Welby, a wealthy land owner, who became a recluse living in his house in Grub Street for forty four years with no contact with the outer world except through his elderly maidservant. He retreated to this solitude after a quarrel, in which a younger brother traumatised him by trying to murder him attempting to shoot him with a double-charged pistol, which only 'flashed in the pan'. Up to this point, Welby had been a student, had travelled abroad, married, had a daughter, and seen the daughter married. As a result of this incident he took a very faire house in the lower end of Grub Street, near unto Cripplegate, and passed the rest of his life in absolute seclusion, never leaving his apartments.

Heywood gives detailed description of his abstinence, his diet, his daily routine; he asserts that at Christmas and Easter, all the food for a proper feast would be served into Mr Welby s outermost room, where he dined, which he would then carve, and send out to be distributed to his neighbours, without his eating any of it himself.

Heywood also states that Welby was a scholar and a linguist, and always bought the best books available, English and foreign. He particularly admires him for his piety and charity seeing in him him something of a biblical figure living in London. In my opinion it far surpasseth all the Vestals and Votaries, all the Ancresses and Authors that have beene memorized in any Hystorie. He was indeed a translator, primarily of Lucian, and Kirkman his bookseller reports of him that "many of his plays were composed in the tavern, on the backside of tavern-bills" ibid.

Curious and uncommon. Lowndes VI Grollier II About this Item: Firenze ma ca. Contraffazione dell'edizione originale che comprendeva un ritratto di Bernini , barbe, bellissima edizione in cartonato coevo con titolo manoscritto, camicia rigida con dorso in pelle e cofanetto, carte non tagliate sul margine superiore, alcune tavole cucite in un secondo momento. Rossetti ; Cicognara Vendeur : Libreria Bardon Madrid, Espagne. About this Item: Diez de la Carrera, Madrid, Contemporary vellum. Engraved coat of arms of the Ruiz de Vergara family on pp.

Bartholomew s College in Salamanca at the begining of the 15th century. It includes information about Bishops, Viceroys and Inquisitors in America. About this Item: Rome, Later vellum, with vellum closures.

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Text heavily wormed. Light to moderate foxing. First three and last ten leaves worn and backed. A biography of Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo , second Archbishop of Lima, with an engraved portrait of him. Only a handful of copies on OCLC. PALAU SABIN OCLC Sold by most Booksellers, London Sold by most Booksellers, London, Fine copperplate portraits of the subjects. Sm 8vo. This edition calls itself the fourth because it contains the fourth editions of the lives of Donne and Hooker.

Presentation copy inscribed by Walton on the recto of the portrait "for Mrs Neidham" unsigned. Signed "W. Thackray" on title page, and with a transcript of a John Donne letter in an unidentified early hand, "taken from the Original written in Izaak Walton's own book of Dr. Donne's Sermons sent him by Mr. Donne, now in possession of A. Fine in brown cloth slipcase and chemise by James Macdonald. Bookplate of Henry A. Sherwin Fine copperplate portraits of the subjects. Sm 8vo "Fourth edition", i. About this Item: London.

Large folio. Bound in full leather. Front cover detached but present. The original first blank page has been made into a handwritten title page The History of the Philosophy complete with printers name and date. The next page is a title page , The History of Chaldaick Philosophy. Handwritten note at the bottom of the page says, London, Printed Stanley s History of Philosophy was published in volume 1 , volume 2 , volume 3 and volume 4.

Then, in , they were issued together in a single volume. It went through several editions and was a popular and trusted philosophical reference for a generation of thinkers. This copy was owned by the Rev. Samuel Moody. His name is written in the book three times twice on page and again at the top of the table of contents page at the end. His wife s name, Hannah Moody, is signed at the bottom of page Samuel Moody was born around , probably in Portsmouth. The first firm date in his biography is his graduation from Harvard in