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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by
G. P. PUTNAM AND Sox, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of
RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE :
STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY
#. 0. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.
Elli I I 7 1219
ILLUSTRATIONS FOR COLUMBUS, VOL. I.
(From " American Historical and Literary Curiosities,” edited
by John Jay Smith. Quarto. Phila. 1860.)
“ To declare my opinion herein, whatsoever hath heretoforo been discovered by the famous travayles of Saturnus and Her. cules, with such other whom the antiquitie for their heroical acts honoured as Gods, seemeth but little and obscure if it be com pared to the victorious labours of the Spanyards." — P. MAA TYR, decad. ii. cap. 4. Lok's Translation.
EXPLANATION OF THE WOODCUTS.
Translation from page 167 of "Vita di Cristoforo Com
lombo scritta corredata di nuove osservazioni, di note storicocritiche e di un' appendice di documenti rari o inediti dal Cavaliere Luigi Bossi.” Milano, 1818.
APPENDIX NO. II.
Letter written by Christopher Columbus to Don Rafaele Sauxis,
Treasurer of the King of Spain, on the 9th of March, 1493. Taken from the very rare edition now in the Imperial Public Library of Milan.
DESCRIPTION OF THE VOLUME.
This volume, truly precious, despite the smallness of its size and the fact that it is hardly to be found in any other library, (a copy, however, is believed now to be in the British Museum,) does not appear to be mentioned in the most copious catalogues of the most remarkable collections of bibliographical rarities. It is composed of only nine leaves, in octavo or small quarto, not exceeding in length 1 decimètre, 4 millimètres, and in breadth 1 decimetre only.
On the face of the first leaf appear the armorial bearings of Castile and Leon, (forming the kingdom of Spain,) cut in wood, and above them the inscription Regnum Hyspanie. On the reverse of the same page is found a woodcut, covering the whole page, (Fig. 2,) and representing a caravel under sail, near which is seen a boat containing a pilot, or sailor, seated, with a cap, perfectly conical, on his head, and an oar in his hand. The ship is well drawn, the castle on the poop being