Histoire Naturelle Des Indes: The Drake Manuscript in the Pierpont Morgan Library (English, French and French Edition)

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An extraordinarily beautiful portrait of the Caribbean as seen by Sir Francis Drakein full-color facsimile. By the end of the sixteenth century, Sir Francis Drake had made many voyages to the West Indies. He painted much of what he encountered although none of his own work survives. But he was known to have had French Huguenots on board, and from the hand of one, or more, came the watercolors and texts of an incredibly beautiful manuscript known as The Drake Manuscript or Histoire naturelle des Indes, presented here in full-color facsimile with English translations. In addition to illustrations and descriptions of the plants and animals of the islands, this extraordinary manuscript depicts early European encounters with the people of the Americas. It was not the virginal world Englishmen expected, as we learn in Verlyn Klinkenborg's informative introduction, but one already shaped and overlaid by two sophisticated culturesone Spanish and the other that of the now virtually extinct indigenous people referred to as "Indians." 199 paintings and texts document plants, fish, animals, and birds, as well as daily life and work among the inhabitantseverything from mining for silver and gold and diving for pearls, to wedding rituals and preparation for childbirth.

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Text: English, French (translation)
Original Language: French

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The lives of the 16th-century Caribbean's indigenous people, as well as its flora and fauna, were captured on paper by French Huguenots who perhaps sailed with Sir Francis Drake. A sumptuous facsimile edition of Histoire Naturelle des indes: The Drake Manuscript in the Pierpont Morgan Library shows us people and objects of the new world as seen, conceived of and described by their "discoverers." Fish with menacing teeth, land and sea birds with multicolored wings and native peoples (at work, at play and even trading with the whites) are all rendered with watercolor-like simplicity and amateurish clarity. Ruth Kraemer translates the descriptions that accompany each scene; Patrick O'Brian provides a short biography of Drake; and Verlyn Klickenborg details the manuscript's own fragmentary history and narrative.

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