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[QUIROS] QUIROS, Pedro Fernandez de DE BRY, Johann Theodor
Minor Voyages, Latin edition, part X: Historica Relatio sive descriptio novi ad Aquilonem transitus, supra terras Americanas in Chinam atque Iaponem; Discursus ad serenissime Hispaniae regem, super detecta nuper quinta orbis pars, Terra nempe Austra li incognita; Descriptione regionum Siberiae... [Hudson's and Linschoten's voyages to the North; Quiros's memorial concerning the discovery of Terra Australis incognita; Massa's description of Liberia]
Frankfurt: M. Becker, 1613. Folio, printed title within pictorial engraved border, divisional half-title preceding plates, and six engraved maps and views (three double-page); a fine copy in dark green crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Frankfurt, Matthaus Becker, 1613. A rare and notably early printing of the famous Quiros memorial about the discovery of Terra Australis, the fifth part of the world.This is the first edition of the tenth part of De Bry's classic collection of "minor" or "petits" voyages - that is, voyages towards the East Indies and Asia, as opposed to the "major" voyages towards the Americas. The De Bry collection is essentially a history and anthology of the Dutch voyages to the East Indies and the Pacific by way of the Cape of Good Hope.Quiros, the last of the great Spanish discoverers, sailed on the Mendana expedition across the Pacific in 1595, and then commanded his own expedition of 1605-06 in search of the 'Terra Australis', actually discovering Tahiti and other Pacific Islands, and reaching the New Hebrides. His second-in-command, Luis Vaez de Torres, took one of the expedition's ships through the consequently named Torres Strait, and probably sighted Cape York.The remainder of Quiros's life was spent petitioning the King for an expedition with settlers to Terra Australis, without success; his secret 'Memorial' to the Spanish Court, which gradually became leaked through Europe in editions such as this, provoked the search for a southern continent that was not finished until Cook's expedition 150 years later. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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