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Bod-Inc: C-389

Columbus, Christophorus

Epistola de insulis nuper inventis [Latin].


Analysis of Content

a1v R. L. de Corbatia, Bishop of Monte Peloso, Naples (I.e. Leonardus Carmini, de Cerbaria): ‘Epigramma . . . ad inuictissimum regem Hispaniarum'. Scritti di Cristoforo Colombo, ed. Cesare de Lollis, in Raccolta di documenti e studi pubblicati della R. Commissione Colombiana, vol. I/1 (Rome, 1892), 134. See Henry Vignaud, Histoire critique de la grande entreprise de C. C. (Paris, 1911), II 242-5.

a2r [Introductory note ascribing the translation to] Leandro di Cosco, 29 Apr. 1493.

a2r Columbus, Christophorus: Epistola de insulis nuper inventis. Scritti di Cristoforo Colombo, ed. de Lollis, 120-34. Facsimile: Epistola de insulis nouiter repertis. Photolithograph of an edition printed in Paris, c.1493, ed. Edward W. B. Nicholson, 2nd edn (London, [1893]); on the Latin version see Henry Harrisse, Opera minora: Christophe Colomb et les académiciens espagnols (Paris, 1894), 61-101, and John Boyd Thacher, Christopher Columbus. His Life, his Work, his Remains, vol. 2 (New York and London, 1903), 46-66. On this edition see R. H. Major, The Bibliography of the First Letter of Christopher Columbus (London, 1872), 5-7, B.A.V. [i.e. Henry Harrisse], ‘The Early Paris Editions of Columbus's First »Epistola«', ZfB (1893), 5-6, and Thacher 62-3 [edition I].


Imprint: Paris: In campo Gaillardi (Guy Marchant), [after 29 Apr. 1493]. 4°.

Remarks: GW notes two variants with slightly different titles and a different disposition of the woodcuts.


Collation: a4.

Illustrations: Woodcut on a1v.


ISTC: ic00761000

GW: GW 7175;

Hain: C 1696, 1694 (A), 1695 (B);

Goff: Goff C‑761;

Proctor: Pr 7988;

Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. liv, no. 263-4; Eames (C) 11, 9 (A), 10 (B); Sheppard 6207.

LCN: 14422918


Copy number: C-389(1)

Bound with A‑133; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 190 × 141 mm.

Leaf a4v, l. 33 ends ‘Hec vt geſta ſunt | ſic breuiter enarrata. Vale. Vliſbone pridie Jdus Marcij'; see also GW.

SHELFMARK: MS. Laud Misc. 722 (fols 188-91).

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