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RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista
Delle Navigationi et Viaggi raccolta da M. Gio. Battista Ramusio, in tre volume divisi
Giunta, Venice, 1613. Three volumes, folio (305 x 205 mm), with 10 double-page or folded maps (seven woodcut, three engraved) and other woodcut maps, plans and illustrations in the text; eighteenth-century calf, spines gilt, gilt edges. A complete set of the greatest international collection of early travels (the three volumes respectively in sixth, third and third editions, representing the fullest possible text). Ramusio was assiduous in gathering and editing his narratives, some of them accounts published for the first time by him and not otherwise known, and some of which differed from previously printed versions. "In terms of wealth of material no previous compilation of travels could match Ramusio's achievement" (Lach, I p. 208). 'The publication of Ramusio's raccolta may be said to open an era in the literary history of voyages and navigation. Instead of accounts carelessly copied and translated from previous collections, perpetuating errors and anachronisms, we find in this valuable work original narrations judiciously selected, carefully printed, and enriched with notices which betray the hand of a scholar of great critical acumen.' (Harrisse, p. 457). Ramusio's Navigationi et viaggi was 'the first large published collection of historical documents other than collections of laws and decretals; the first large and planned collection of travel documents, and therefore the first approach to a documented history of travel and geography; and if not the first work, certainly the second (after the Novus orbis collection published at Basel in 1532) to imply the concept of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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