Magellan’s Voyage: A Narrative Account of the First Navigation Translated and Edited by R. A. Skelton from the Manuscript in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University by Antonio Pigafetta lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
The Folio Society, 1975, Hardback in Slip Case.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: The first circumnavigation of the globe by a sailing ship was an event much more astonishing to the minds of men in 1522 than, to the modern mind, the first orbiting of the earth by a man-made satellite in 1957. But when Magellan sailed with his fleet of five small ships from the Spanish port of San Lucar de Barrameda in September 1519 he had not conceived a voyage round the world. By a westward navigation he expected to reach the Moluccas or Spice Islands, which the Portuguese had attained from the Indian Ocean while he was still in their service. Not for the first or last time in the history of discovery, it was the discrepancy between what the venturer expected and what he found that significantly enriched human experience and knowledge. To the world map Magellan added the Pacific Ocean, which occupies one third of the earths surface, with an area exceeding that of all the land surfaces of the globe. Columbus, at the Isthmus of Panama, thought himself 19 days journey from the Ganges; for his crossing of the South Pacific Magellan required 98 days. Although the westward passage which he pioneered through the Straits named for him was not to become a regular trade route, he discovered the wind systems which controlled navigation in the South Sea. The reports on the island peoples of the ocean and its archipelagos carried home by the survivors of the expedition opened to the eyes of Europeans a window on a new and strange cultural world. The Portuguese monopoly of information on the eastern seas and on their operations there was broken, and a new factor in the geopolitical rivalry of Spain and Portugal emerged.
Introduction by: R. A. [Raleigh Ashlin] Skelton
Very Good in Very Good Slip Case.
Decorative boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 159 pages. 9″ x 6″.
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