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This book showcases a facsimile of the famous Stephen Plannck 1493 Latin edition of the Columbus Letter (De Insulis inuentis. Epistola Cristoferi Colom.). Added to the book was an introduction describing the voyage and the events surrounding it, an English translation by Columbus historian Samuel Eliot Morison, and a bibliographic afterword providing information on the near 500 year publishing history of the Letter. Five woodcuts from the Basel Latin edition of 1493 illustrate the text. Also included is a title-page illustration of a sketch-map (attributed to Columbus) of the West Indies, considered the first cartographic view of the New World.
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Letterpress printed. The edition consists of 26 copies lettered A-Z in full Nigerian goatskin and 300 numbered copies in Zanders' Elephant Hide paper (with Nigerian goatskin spines).From the Back Cover:
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Book Description USC Fine Arts Press, Los Angeles, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Limited Edition. One of 300 numbered copies, this being 134.; 48 pages. Seller Inventory # 217187
Book Description USC Fine Arts Press, Los Angeles, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: NF. Dust Jacket Condition: none. 1st edition thus, limited. 8vo, olive leather backed grey marbled bds, title embossed on spine, sl fade to spine, else fine inside and out; hand-printed on fine milled paper; two-color tp with map from a sketch chart by Columbus, 6 full pg. woodcuts; pp.48 including a bibliographic afterword and notes; no dj. This is a facsimile of the Stephen Plannck 1493 Latin edition of The Letter, reproduced in actual size from photoengravings of the copy housed in Special Collections of the Doheny Memorial Library. The volume includes Samuel Eliot Morison's English translation of The Letter from his book "Christopher Columbus, Mariner." The woodcuts are from the first illustrated edition of The Letter, the Basel Latin edition of 1493. With an introduction by Doyce B. Nunis and Charles R. Ritcheson, this is a beautifully executed volume, number 113 of an edition limited to 300 for sale. Seller Inventory # 2772
Book Description USC Fine Arts Press, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1989. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. As New. Edition limited to 300 copies. This is number 54. ; With a four page illustrated prospectus for the book laid in. ; Grey marbled boards with green olive colored leather spine. Issued without dustjacket. Facsimile of the famous Stephen Plannck 1493 Latin edition of the Columbus Letter translated by Samuel Eliot Morison. Illustrated with five woodcuts from the Basel Latin edition of 1493. Introduction by Doyce B. Nunis and Charles R. Ritcheson. Bibliographic afterword by Lynn F. Sipe. ; The book is As New. Tight, clean and crisp. No inscriptions. Not ex-library. In excellent condition. As New. ; 8vo ; 51 pages. Seller Inventory # 28297