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Geraldini, Alessandro
Itinerarium ad regiones sub aequinoctiali plaga constitutas. Opus antiquitates, ritus, mores & religiones populor u Aethiopie, Africae, Atlantici Oceani, Indicarumque regionum complectens, nunc primo edidit Onuphrius Geraldinus de Catenacciis.
Guilelmi Facciotti, Rome, 1631. In-12º. (20)ff + 284pp + (18 index)ff. Engraved vignette on title page; extra engraved title page; woodcut ornaments. Copy duplicated from the Vatican Library. Internal condition is very good, with some browning and foxing as usual. Bound in full contemporary vellum with inked title on spine. FIRST EDITION.Rare work on the discovery of the West Indies, written in 1524, but not published until the present edition. Sabin 27116. A very scarce and curious volume on the discovery of the West Indies, written in 1524. Its writer was the intimate friend of Columbus, the one whose interest prevailed over Ferdinand to fit out the first expedition in search of unknown lands, and proved the feasability of discovery by mathematical demonstration. Previous to being appointed Bishop of St. Domingo, he had been Ambassador to the Court of Henry VIII of England. Geraldini was born at Amerini about 1455, and as a young man found his way to Spain. At first he became a soldier in the wars against Portugal and next was employed at court in the service of Isabella, then as priest, private secretary, tutor and companion in the household of Ferdinand and Isabella. Soon after, as confidential agent or legate, he was sent to Pope Alexander VI., and to the various princes of Europe, including Henry VIII. Of England, and with whom he concluded many bargains or treaties. His editor claims also that he visited Africa and its many rulers, the isles of the Atlantic and even India. When Charles came to Spain, Geraldini was made bishop of St. Domingo, and after some five years … [Click Below for Full Description]
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