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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
The Most Monumental Attempt & an Excellent Resource
Columbus was , is & remains Genoese !
Columbus – (Monleone, Giovanni, + Guiseppe Pessagno [ed.]). Christopher Colvmbvs. Documents and Proofs of his Genoese origin. / Christoph Colvmbvs. Dokumente und Beweise seiner Genueser Herkunft.
English-German edition. With foreword by Eugenio Broccardi (mayor of Genoa and president of the special committee formed for the compilation of this publication) and an introduction by the editors. From the Italian by O. D. Bickley B.A. and Arthur Bent (English) and Eugen Haas and Jakob Furmanik (German) resp. Genoa 1932. Fol. (39.5 x 31.5 x 5 cm). XXIII, 288 pp., 2 ll. contents and imprint as well as 16 ll. text continuation not paginated with. Orig. cloth with brown-stamped title at back and upper board, the latter additionally with the Genoese coat of arms, as well as bipartite color reproduction of the Juan de La Cosa map of 1500 on the fly-leaves. With 219 illustrations ,
173 ( 55 double-side ) mostly color facsimile plates ,
9 leaves with facsimiles of letters & details of writing
3 color plates ( portrait and views of Genoa & Savona ,
both the latter with cover sheets with legend) as well as 9 interleaves (“Documentation”) bound in within the facsimile plates.
First edition. – Present English-German edition was issued at the same time as the Italian and a Spanish-French edition. – The year of the cover stamp additionally with “(A. X.)”, that is 10th year of the fascist era. – The text printed in two columns with English on the left hand and German on the right hand column. – One facsimile each with dog’s ear and small tear off resp. in the white margin.
Evidence of Writers of the Time of Christopher Columbus – Diplomatic Correspondence – Archival Documents and other Attestations – Autographs of Christopher Columbus; His Deeds and those of His Relatives and Descendants. – Each of the reproduced documents with transcription and translation into English & German.
As of old many wanted to participate at Columbus’ fame, the one directly and not least at his apanage and titles though partly merely existing on paper only, the other at least secure the privilege of the place of birth. So beside Genoa several other Italian towns raise or raised claims for Columbus. But also Catalonia and Portugal are not to stand back.
Likewise disputed the origin from the family of a wool weaver. So in Historie del S. D. Fernando Colombo; nelle quali s’ha particolare, & vera relatione della vita, & de fatti dell’Ammiraglio D. Cristoforo Colombo, suo padre, ascribed to the son Fernando and printed in Venice in 1571 at the expense of a Genoese patrician, the original of which is not preserved though, Columbus is described as descendant of Italian aristocracy:
(from the introduction).
May now the aimed at result of the inquiry have guided the selection of documents too much, may there also be deplorable inadequacies in the presentation like the lack of an index or discrepancies in references of sources – such to be found also in our days even with scientific publications and reviews meant for a less broad audience – , so even a generally quite critical reviewer then cannot but qualify present compendium not only as the probably most noteworthy, but also as the one which comes, compared with its predecessors, a little closer to its aim, and to state its value as work of reference and compilation of
excellently reproduced document data :
(John Biglow in The Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 13, no. 2 [May 1933], pp. 204-212).
To continue, notwithstanding his in its kind likewise monumental criticism, per footnote with regard to present English-German edition:
Even though today Columbus’ Genoese origin is generally acknowledged and common knowledge,
the fight about Columbus still goes on .
So when more recently the initiator of the Spanish forensic team which first attempted to prove the authenticity of his graves in both Spain and the Dominican Republic – which latter did not allow the opening however – is quoted in a news item:
(AP, May 20, 2006).
Might not only today, after more than 500 years, some consider the dispute about Columbus’ origin in both a broad and a narrow meaning as rather petty, so present monumental work nevertheless invites for a spirited-thorough occupation
with the man who and his deed & age .
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