MARTYR Anglerius, Petrus (1455-1525, or Pietro Martire d'Anghiera, of Milan). The History of Travayle in the West and East Indies, and other countreys lying eyther way... As Moscovia, Persia, Arabia, Syria, AEgypte, Ethiopia, Guinea, China in Cathayo, and Giapan: With a discourse of the Northwest passage. Translated from the Latin by Richard Eden, revised by Richard Willes. London: Richard Jugge, 1577.
4° (199 x 127mm). Collation: (.)4 6 A-B4 C-Ooo8 (Signature Nnn misbound). Black letter, with woodcut initials. (Neatly repaired margins and tears, particularly to title, first and last few leaves.) 19th-century red morocco gilt, g.e.
Second expanded edition in English. The first edition in English (The Decades of the newe worlde) was first published in 1555. "Peter Martyr, the first historian of America, was a friend and contemporary of Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Hernando Cortés, Ferdinand Magellan, Sebastian Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci. Through his friendship with these discoverers, as well as from his official position as a member of the Council for the Indies in Spain, authentic documents were available to him, thereby gaining him much valuable information regarding discoveries made by the early navigators... This work includes Martyr's first four Decades and an abridgement of Decades 5-8.... Richard Eden was the first Englishman who undertook to publish learned and accurate collected voyages of the age of exploration" (Hill). This edition "also contains the Bull of Pope Alexander, , in Latin and English, by which the world was divided between Spain and Portugal, as well as translations of the most important parts of the works of Oviedo, Maximilian of Transylvania, Vespuccius, Gomara, and others, pertaining to the maritime discovery of the New World" (Church). STC 647; Sabin 1561; Church 102.