FRACANZANO DA MONTALBODDO (fl. 1507-1522). Itinerarium Portugallensium e Lusitania in Indiam et inde in occidentem et demum ad aquilonem. Translated from Italian into Latin by Archangelo Madrignano. Milan: J.A. Scinzenzeler, 1508.
2° (266 x 184 mm). Large woodcut map on title [second issue, corrected to read "Arabicus," not "Persicus" for the Gulf]. (Title and woodcut map inlaid, with one letter on verso retouched in ink.) 19th-century green morocco, sides with triple-fillets surrounding the central arms of The Signet Society, spine gilt-lettered and -tooled, edges gilt; green quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: The Society of Writers to the Signet, the oldest legal society in the world (binding).
"AFTER COLUMBUS' LETTERS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EARLY HISTORY OF AMERICAN DISCOVERY" (Sabin)
FIRST EDITION IN LATIN of Fracanzano da Montalboddo's famous compilation, and the first printed collection of voyages, and one of the most important collections of voyages ever printed. The present copy contains the rare Index, which ”was apparently printed after the publication of the work, and inserted into the few available copies, so that today it is almost invariably missing” (Jones, Adventures in Americana).
First printed in Italian in Vicenza in 1507 as Paesi novamente retrovati, the work was translated into Latin by the Milanese monk, Archangelo Madrignano, and printed the following year. In addition to the accounts of the exploration in the Americas, it contains important accounts of voyages in the Eastern Hemisphere. The book was published in the 16th-century in several editions, and was "the most important vehicle for the dissemination throughout Renaissance Europe of the news of the great discoveries both in the east and the west" (PMM). The most important voyages are: The first three voyages of Columbus, 1492-1500, the third voyage of Vespucci, 1501-1502 (to Brasil), Pedro Alvares Cabral's discovery of the Brasilian, Guianaian and Venezuelan coasts in 1500-1501, Alvise da Cadamosto's explorations along the West African coast in 1456, which appears here for the first time, Vasco da Gama's explorations of Africa and India in 1497-99 which "opened the way for the maritime invasion of the east by Europe" (PMM), and many others.
THE FIRST LARGE MAP OF AFRICA IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN MAP IN WHICH THAT CONTINENT IS REPRESENTED AS SURROUNDED BY THE OCEAN. Alden & Landis 508/4; Brunet III:474; Borba de Moraes I:580; Church 27; Fumagalli 985; Harrisse 58; Hattendorf "The Boundless Deep..." p.111; Sabin 50058 ("This book is of excessive rarity"); Streeter Americana Beginnings 3. See PMM 42 (1507 edition).