The Ships of Christopher Columbus
Publisher: Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca Dello Stato Liberia dello Statp
309 pages with plates which many are folding, illustrations and appendices. Quarto (11 3/4" x 8 1/4") in pictorial covers with black lettering to spine and cover. Bibliographic references compiled by Maria Grazia Borrelli. Translated by Lucio Bertolazzi and Luciano F Farina. 1st edition into English.
Curiosity about the distinctive nature and features of the vessels which Christopher Columbus sailed from Palos on August 3, 1492, with the aim of discovering a new way to the Indies, is rather recent. Up till last century the interest of historians did not go beyond the fact that the Genoese sailor used three little ships whose picture could be vaguely found in ancient naval representations. During the last century the first studies on this subject began and, as a result, numerous acceptable reconstructions of the Santa Maria and of the two other caravels appeared, culminating with life-size replicas. Reconstructive naval archaeology is a recent science established less than a hundred years ago. It applied principles could only rely on very few authentic wreckage findings and had to draw conclusions based solely on surface evidence and the interpretation of written sources-original documents as well as extant traditions. This work tries to bring into focus the work of the archaeologist, seaman and historical scholar to reconfigure the ships and related material dealing with the ships of Columbus.
Boards slightly bowed else a very good to fine copy issued without jacket.
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