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PARRY, J.H., ed. The European Reconnaissance : Selected Documents. London: Macmillan, 1968. First Printing. Pp. (6),[v]-vii,(3),-381,(5). Illustrated with six maps to text. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. A volume in The Documentary History of Western Civilization series. "The documents which comprise the greater part of this book are concerned with the process of maritime discovery. [...] Most of them are written by men who took part in voyages of discovery; or else comments by contemporaries who were in a position to assess their achievements. The voyages themselves were incidents in a persistent, determined and ultimately successful European endeavour to establish direct contact, first with West Africa, and subsequently with Asia." - from the dustjacket. Contents: I. Introduction; II. Theories, Rumours, and Travellers' Tales: 1. The cosmographical ideas of Sir John Mandeville (from Mandeville's Travels), 2. Mandeville on the Great Chan of Cathay (ibid.), 3. Travel in disguise (from Nicolo de Conti's Travels); III. Africa: 4. Prince Henry of Portugal (from The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea), 5. West Africa in the fifteenth century (from The Voyages of Cadamosto), 6. The Cape of Good Hope (from Esmeraldo de situ orbis); IV. India: 7. From Mombasa to Malabar (from The Journal of the First Voyageof Vasco da Gama), Vijayanagar (from The Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema ), 9. The Portuguese in South India (from The Book of Duarte Barbosa); V. Indonesia, China, and Japan: 10. The Portuguese in Malacca and the Spice Islands (from the Suma Oriental of Tome Pires), 11. The first Portuguese embassy to China (from the letter of Cristavao Vieira from prison in Canton), 12. St. Francis Xavier's first impressions of Japan (from his letter from Kagoshima); VI. The Americas: 13. Columbus' landfall (from his journal), 14. Anew world (from Vespucci's letters), 15. The first sight of Mexico (from T he True History of the Conquest of New Spain), 16. Cortes' description of the city of Mexico (from his second letter from New Spain), 17. Hernando Pizarro's journey in search of gold (from the narrative of Miguel de Astete), 18. An unsuccessful conquistador (from Francisco Vazquez Coronado's letter form Tiguex); VII. The Pacific: 19. The first sight of the South Sea (from Oviedo's Historia general), 20. From Patagonia to the Philippines (from Pigafetta's narrative of Magellan's voyage), 21. From the Philippines to Fukien: the first Spanish embassy to China (from the narrative of Fray Martin daRada); VII. By the Arctic to Cathay: 22. In the wake of the Norsemen (from letters by Raimondo de Soncino, Pedro de Ayala, Pietro Pasqualigo, and Joh n Day), 23. North America a continent (from the narrative of Giovanni da Verrazzano), 24. The St. Lawrence not a strait (from The Voyages of Jacques Cartier), 25. The northeast passage leads to Russia (from Clement Adams' narrative of Chancellor's voyage), 26. The northwest passage leads nowhere (from The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher); IX. The Explorer's Trade: 27. Sailng directions (from Esmeraldo de situ orbis), 28. The uses of astronomy (ibid.), 29. The complete navigator (from William Bourne's 'Regiment for theSea'), 30. The minor horrors of the sea (from the letters of Eugenio de Sa lazar). Very good in price-clipped dustjacket. A tidy copy. 25.00
Title: European Reconnaissance. Selected Documents. First Edition in dustjacket.
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