5 December 2008
NODAL, Bartolome Garcia de (d.1622) and Gonalo NODAL (b. ca 1569). Relacion del viajé par orden de Su. Magd. y Acverdo del Real Consejo de Indias... al descubrimiento del Estrecho nuevo de S. Vicente. y reconosimio. del de Magallanes. Madrid: Fernando Correa de Montenegro, 1621.
4o (192 x 135 mm). Engraved title, woodcut illustrations on three pages. (Lacking the map, as usual, and both blanks, ink stain on A7, some pale dampstaining at end.) 18th-century calf, red morocco lettering piece (book dealers's description on front pastedown).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this famously rare work which even in the 1860s was described by Sabin as "one of the rarest books of its class." He goes on to note that the map "is almost always wanting." Borba de Moraes comments that "This first edition, particularly with the map, is very rare and in fact is considered one of the rarest travel books of the seventeenth century. Copies containing the map are so rare that it is believed to have been withdrawn [in accordance with the official Spanish policy of secrecy] ... [the book] is of great value as a work of navigation."
This landmark voyage included the first circumnavigation of Tierra del Fuego and was undertaken by the Nodal brothers aboard two specially built caravals. They were dispatched by the Spanish authorities who had become alarmed by the news of the discoveries made by Le Maire and Schouten during their voyage of 1616 in search of the Southern Continent. After a remarkably quick and trouble-free voyage the Nodals returned with accurate observations of the tides in the Straits of Magellan and precise sailing instructions for the area. Alden & Landis 621/90; Borba de Moraes II:616; Church 386; Hill 1231; JCB (3) II:156; Palau 99485; Sabin 55394.
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