Select Letters of Christopher Columbus: With Other Original Documents, Relating to his Four Voyages to the New World

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus: With Other Original Documents, Relating to his Four Voyages to the New World


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The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This volume, first published in 1847 and revised in 1870, consists of letters of Christopher Columbus to the Treasurer of the King and Queen of Spain, describing his first, third and fourth voyages, and a letter from Diego Alvarez Chanca, a royal physician who went on the second voyage and reported his experiences to the town council of Seville. In this edition by R. H. Major, the letters are given in the original languages with an English translation, editor's preface, explanatory notes and index.

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ISBN-13: 9781108011945
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/24/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Hakluyt First Series
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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EDITOR'S PREFACE. Should the reader of the following highly interesting letters meet with some passages deficient in that ease of expression, or that connectedness of construction to which his ear and his taste are accustomed, he is requested to bear in mind that the originals are the compositions of men, who, though intelligent observers of the facts they describe, and strongly actuated by the feelings to which they give expression, were yet far from being accomplished masters of the use of the pen. The Spanish scholar will readily perceive that the inaccuracies of the original, both in spelling and grammar, the frequent use of obsolete words, and the disjointed character of the sentences, must have rendered it a matter of no inconsiderable difficulty to avoid a certain harshness of style, in the endeavour to give a correct version of the author's meaning. In the execution of his task, however, the Editor has 107J62 never hesitated to sacrifice ease to accuracy, where the two were incompatible with each other. Since writing the following introduction to these letters, the Editor has seen those passages in Kosmos which refer to Columbus and to the antecedent voyages to the New World, and is happy to find the remarks of the illustrious Humboldt in this latter work in no way contradictory to the statements in the Géographic du nouveau Continent, to which the Editor has been indebted in the progress of the following pages. R. H. M. chapter{Section 4INTRODUCTION. In introducing these letters for the first time to the English reader, it will perhaps be necessary to forewarn him that he is not to expect to find in them a detailed history of all the events that occurred in the fourimportant voyages to which they refer. The inducement to translate them has been...

Table of Contents

Editor's preface; Introduction; La lettera; Bibliography; 1. First voyage of Columbus; 2. Second voyage of Columbus; 3. Third voyage of Columbus; 4. Fourth voyage of Columbus; Index.

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