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Plautius, Caspar.
Nova typis transacta navigatio novi orbis Indiae occidentalis....
[Linz] Folio (32.6 cm, 12.875"). Engr. t.-p., [2] ff., 101, [1] pp. (lacks final blank leaf); 18 plts.. 1621 Curiously the dedicatee of this work, Caspar Plautius, is certainly also its author, writing under the pseudonym of Honorius Philoponus. Plautius was abbot of Seitenstetten in Lower Austria, and no doubt wrote as a compliment to a fellow Benedictine: Bernard Buil or Boyl of Montserrat, appointed by the pope vicar general of the Indies, who, with others of the order, accompanied Columbus on his second voyage as missionaries. In the style of a medieval legendary, Nova typis transacta navigatio novi orbis Indiae occidentalis relates first the westward voyage of St. Brendan, then the exploits of the Boyl and his fellow monks, including some description of the customs of the American native peoples they met, with their lands, their agriculture, their feast customs, et al. Boyl's missionary enterprise failed, and sadly he is now only remembered for his mordant criticism of Columbus. This book bears an ornate, emblematic engraved title-page, with portraits of St. Brendan and Boyl and more, and no fewer than 18 leaf-filling plates by Wolfgang Kilian. These plates, which mix fancy and realism in entirely engaging ways, include a portrait of Columbus, a scene of St. Brendan celebrating mass on the back of a whale, botanical images of the marvelous Peruvian potato, and numerous views of the missionaries' interaction with the natives, some friendly, and some not—the unfriendliest being notably violent and gory. Also, on p. 35?-36 is given an example of purported native American … [Click Below for Full Description]
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