Christopher Columbus, 1451-1506. De Insulis Nuper in Mari Indico Repertis.
Basel. Johann Bergmann de Olpe, 1494. Preceded by Carolus Verardus's In
Laudem Serenissimi Ferdinandi Hispania . Obsidio Victoria et Triumphus
(drama celebrating the capture of Granada). 36 leaves, roman type, gothic
headings, five wood cuts in the Columbus letters.
Latin translation by Leonardo de Cosco of Columbus's letter to Gabriel
Sanchez giving an account of his first voyage to America. Columbus wrote
letters on February 15, 1493 aboard the Nina and sent them to King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Luis de Santangel, chancellor of the
Household of Aragon and Gabriel Sanchez, the treasurer. The Basel edition
of 1493 had five woodcuts in the Columbus letter giving the earliest
pictures of the new world; the 1494 edition reprinted these illustrations.
There were nine editions before 1500.