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Columbus -- The Four Voyages

Bergreen, Laurence

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ISBN 10: 0670023019 / ISBN 13: 9780670023011
Published by Viking, New York, 2011
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A new and acclaimed account of Columbus's four voyages, and of the fascinating person behind the grand achievements. 423 pages, including index, notes, etc. Bergreen is a veteran biographer and scholar, author of "Over the Edge of the World." This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by the author. First edition, first printing, with number line starting with "1." Overseas orders will require extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # 111005

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Title: Columbus -- The Four Voyages

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: Color Reproductions; B & W Photos, Maps, Etc

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer.

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs- political, moral, and economic.

In rich detail Laurence Bergreen re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants' vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen's previous biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan and by fans of Nathaniel Philbrick, Simon Winchester, and Tony Horwitz.


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Description: Engraving of Christopher Columbus offering his services to King John (João) II of Portugal before winning the backing of Spain.

Description: World map, c1489, of Henricus Martellus. A similar map is believed to have influenced Columbus’s ideas about his first voyage.

Description: Woodcut from 1493 of Native Americans fleeing in fear of Columbus as he sets foot on the Bahama island “Guanahani.”

Description: A 1493 woodcut accompanying Columbus’s “Letter on the First Voyage,” illustrating his arrival in the Indies.

Description: World map, 1500, of Juan de la Cosa, cartographer and navigator on Christopher Columbus's second voyage of 1493-94.

Description: The first page of Columbus’s 1492 manuscript The Book of Privileges.

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