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Author Name:    ABULAFIA, David

Title:   Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008, ISBN:9780300125825 

Seller ID:   114893

ABULAFIA, David. The Discovery of Mankind : Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus. New Haven and London : Yale University Press, (2008). First Printing. Pp (6),[vii]-xxvi,(6),[3]-379,(7). First Printing. Maps in the text. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. David Abulafia, FSA, FRHistS, FBA (b. December 12, 1949, Twickenham, London). "The first landings in the Atlantic World heralded striking and often terrifying impressions of peoples entirely isolated from the explorer's continents, customs and religions. From the first recorded encounters with the native inhabitants of the Canary Islands in 1341, to Columbus's explorations in 1492 and Cabral's discovery of Brazil in 1500, western Europeans struggled to make sense of the existence of the peoples they met. Were they Adam's children, of a common lineage with the peoples of the Old World, or were they a separate creation, the monstrous races of medieval legend? Should they govern themselves? Did theyhave the right to be free? Did they know God? Could they know God? Emphasi zing contact between peoples rather than the discovery of lands, and using archaeological findings as well as eyewitness accounts, David Abulafia explores the social lives of the inhabitants, the motivations and tensions of the first transactions and the swift transmutation of wonder to vicious exploitation. Lucid, readable, and scrupulous, this is a work of humane engagement with a period in which a tragically violent standard was set for European conquest across the world." - from the dj. Preface; Part I. Mental Horizons : The peoples, Islands and Shores of the Imagination. 1. Finding peoplefrom other Worlds 2. Wild men and wanderers 3. Images of Asia. Part II. Ea stern Horizons : The Peoples, Islands and Shores of the Eastern Atlantic. 4. Innocence and Wildness in the Canary Islands, 1341-1400; 5. The Canary Islanders, 1341-1496; 6. Rights of Dominion, 1341-1496; 7. Quarrelsome Conquerors, 1402-44; 8. Gold and Slaves, 1444-96.- Part III. Western Horizons : The Peoples, Islands and Shores of the Eestern Atlantic. 9. From the Old Canaries to the New Canaries, 1492 -- 10. TaiŽnos and Caribs -- 11. Turtles, Shamans and Snorting Tubes -- 12. Cuba = Cipangu = Japan, 1492; 13. La Navidad, 1492-3 -- 14. First News of the New World, 1493 -- 15. Into the Caribbean, 1493-4 -- 16. Misrule in Hispaniola, 1494-6 -- 17. The Project Unravels, 1497-8 -- 18. Columbus Eclipsed, 1498-1506 -- Part IV. Southern Horizons : The Peoples and Shores of Atlantic South America. 19. Vespucci's Tabloid Journalism, 1497-1504 -- 20. The Land of the Holy Cross, 1500; 21. The Realm of King Arosca, 1505 -- 22. A Compulsory Voluntary 'Requirement', 1511-20. Conclusion: The Renaissance Discovery of Man. With glossary, notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. As new. 25.00


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