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Argensola, B. L. de
Conquista de las Islas Malucas al Rey Felipe III, N. S.
s/e, Madrid, 1609. "Few narratives are written with so much judgment and elegance. one of the most important works for the history of the Philippine Islands". (Cox I, 284).Includes references to Japan, China & South America. Folio; XVIII century calf. FIRST EDITION OF THIS HISTORY OF SPAIN'S FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF THE MOLUCCAS. Regarded by Hill as an "essential work for the history of Spanish and Portuguese exploration in the East Indies," Argensolas's narrative is noted for its breadth of knowledge and over- all grasp of world politics. "In his digressions on people and places, (writes Lach in Asia in the making of Europe, III, pp. 311-12), Argensola adds significantly to the stockpile of information on Asia, especially on the Moluccas, Java, Sumatra, and Ceylon. His book also ties together neatly the affairs of Europe with struggles in the overseas areas, for he sees the spice trade in its world wide ramifications and makes his reader acutely aware of its immediate and potential interest for Japan and China." There are also in this work numerous American references including the voyage of Sir Francis Drake (pp.105 - 108), Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa's voyage of exploration to the Straits of Magellan (pp.119 - 131), special mention of Peru, the Patagonian giants, and Columbus. Argensola (1562 - 1631), royal chaplain and rector of Villahermosa, was commissioned to write this highly praised work by the Council of the Indies on the occasion of the Spanish recapture of the Moluccan islands of Ternate and Tidore in 1606. It is based on primary sources consulted in the archives of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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