Madrid Spain: Various. Various Editions. Leather Bindings. Very Good. Item #26882
Five volumes of this collection on early Spanish voyages to the Americas, a mixed set and bound uniformly; as below: Vol. I. Viages de Colon, Almirantazgo de Castilla. De Orden D S.M. Madrid, en la Imprenta Nacional. 1858. 593 pages; with two folding maps, "Carta de Oceano Atlantico Setentrional don las Derrotas que Siguio Don Cristobal Colon…" approx. 20 ½" x 26 ½" overall and "Carta de las Costas de Tierra Firme Desde el Rio Orinoco Hasta Yucatan y de los islas Antillas y Lucayas con las Derrotas que siguio Don Cristobal Colon…" approx. 20 ½" x 26 ½" overall. Vol. II. Segunda Edicion. Documentos de Colon y de las Primeras Poblaciones. De Orden D S.M. Madrid, en la Imprenta Nacional. 1859. 509 pages. Vol. III. Viages Menores, y Los de Vespucio ; Poblaciones en Darien, Suplemento al Tomo II. De Orden D S.M. Madrid, en la Imprenta Real. 1829. Xv + 641 pages. With a folding coast chart, "Traza de las Costas de Tierra-Firme y de Las Tierras Nuevas" approx. 12 3/4" x 13 3/4" overall (closed edge-tear, no loss). Title page of this volume with some holing at margins, no loss. Vol. IV. Expediciones al Maluco = Viage de Magallanes y de Elcano. De Orden D S.M. Madrid, en la Imprenta Nacional. 1837. xc + 416 pages. With portrait engravings of Magellan and of Juan Sebastian de Elcano. Vol. V. Expediciones al Maluco, = Viages de Loaisa y de Saavedra. De Orden D S.M. Madrid, en la Imprenta Nacional. 1837. 501 pages. Martín Fernandez Navarrete (1765-1844) Spanish Navy navigator, historical writer; while under a hiatus from his active naval career, "…in 1789 was commissioned by the Minister of Marine to search the national archives and to gather all documents and data in connection with the maritime history of Spain. He devoted three years to this work and among the documents he discovered were the diaries of the first and third voyages of Columbus… His best work, and the one which gives him his reputation, is "Coleccion de los Viajes…" (Madrid 1825-1837) published at government expense…" (V. Fuentas in the Catholic Encyc.) Spanish text throughout. The title pages or half-title of all the volumes with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894; his interests included voyages and travels, especially to the Americas and Asia, where he had been stationed on his naval duties. Approx. 6" x 8 5/8" size, uniformly bound in full marbled leather, black and red spine labels, gilt titled and ruled; marbled endpapers. Bindings with some edge, tips wear & rubbing; spines dried, surfaces crisped some; not flaking; some foxing and spotting to the texts, mostly very clean and fresh; all are solidly bound and in very good condition.