The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci
and Other Documents Illustrative of His Career.
Markham, Clements. C.B., F.R.S. (President of the Hakluyt Society)
London: The Hakluyt Society, 1894. First Edition. 8vo ā€“ 22.8cm, (8), [i-xliv], 121pp. including index, plus 16 pages of Hakluyt Society catalogue bound at rear. In the original publisher’s blind decorated blue cloth, gilt ship vignette on front cover, gilt lettering to spine, original yellow endpapers. Spine slightly darkened, hinges un-cracked and strong, binding in Near Fine condition. Ex-library copy as normal from Birmingham Library. Interior is otherwise clean and complete.
A significant publication authored by Sir Clements Markham documenting several important, and sometimes controversial, letters including Vespucciā€™s four main voyages of exploration.
Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci was a navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus’ voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to people of the Old World. Generally referred to as theā€¯New Worldā€¯, this second super continent came to be termed “Americas”, deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci’s first name.