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Christopher Columbus Collection (3 vols.)
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Christopher Columbus Collection (3 vols.)

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Hakluyt Society, David McKay 1870–1893

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Overview

The Christopher Columbus Collection offers a compelling and comprehensive portrait of this intriguing historical figure. Details of his life and voyages are drawn from his own writings and from the biography written by Washington Irving, which was the bestselling Columbus text for over 100 years.

In this collection, you will find detailed descriptions of Columbus’ early life, his four historic voyages, his difficulties with the Spanish monarchs, and his final years. You will read accounts of his governance of the West Indies, as well as tales of tyranny, mutinies, and wars. You will also learn about his removal from power and his struggle to gain compensation for his discoveries. This collection contains a wealth of information on one of history’s most controversial explorers, and it’s an excellent choice for those interested in this crucial period of history.

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Key Features

  • Firsthand accounts of Christopher Columbus’ life and achievements
  • Two volumes by noted American literary figure Washington Irving
  • A historic Italian poem that was recited throughout Florence to announce the discovery of the New World

Individual Titles

Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with Other Original Documents Relating to the Four Voyages to the New World

  • Authors: Christopher Columbus and Richard Henry Major
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Hakluyt Society
  • Publication Date: 1870
  • Pages: 428

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

In Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, Richard Henry Major presents the reader with an extensive biographical sketch of Columbus, select letters he wrote during his four transatlantic voyages, and a bibliography of his letters in order of their publication. Also included is an Italian poem that was composed by Giuliano Dati in 1493 from Columbus’ first letter, and sung in Florence to announce the discovery of the New World.

Richard Henry Major (1818–1891) was keeper of the map and charts collection for the British Museum from 1844 to 1880, and was secretary of the Hakluyt Society from 1849 to 1858. He published several works, including Early Voyages to Terra Australis and India in the Fifteenth Century.

The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, vol. 1

  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: David McKay
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 505

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, by Washington Irving, was the most popular biographical account of Christopher Columbus for over 100 years. This volume begins with a comprehensive account of Columbus’ family, his early life, and the first years of his career as a navigator. It covers his first—and hugely significant—voyage to the New World, as well as his second voyage. The book recounts both voyages in great detail, including his governorship established in the New World. The volume ends with his preparations and departure for the third voyage and his return to Hispaniola.

Washington Irving (1783–1859) was a noted American literary figure in the nineteenth century. In addition to his well-known fictional works like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving was also a biographer and historian. He published his first work in 1802, Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle. Irving moved to England in 1815, and remained in Europe for 17 years. He was one of the first American writers to achieve acclaim in Europe. While abroad, Irving also served as an American diplomat. From 1830 to 1831, while serving in London, he was awarded a medal by the Royal Society of Literature, as well as an honorary doctorate of civil law from Oxford. He served as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Among his numerous works are The Life of George Washington, Salmagundi, and Tales of the Alhambra.

The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, vol. 2

  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: David McKay
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 529

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

In this volume, Washington Irving covers Columbus’ difficult governmental rule of the new provinces, rebellions, and his removal of power due to accusations of incompetence and brutality. He describes Columbus’ return to Spain in chains and the following trial, then moves on to his fourth voyage, which was fraught with mutinies, massacres, and wars. The final chapters outline Columbus’ return to Spain and the ensuing legal battles with the Crown over compensation and benefits for himself and his heirs, as well as his death and an essay by Irving on Columbus’ character.

Washington Irving (1783–1859) was a noted American literary figure in the nineteenth century. In addition to his well-known fictional works like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving was also a biographer and historian. He published his first work in 1802, Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle. Irving moved to England in 1815, and remained in Europe for 17 years. He was one of the first American writers to achieve acclaim in Europe. While abroad, Irving also served as an American diplomat. From 1830 to 1831, while serving in London, he was awarded a medal by the Royal Society of Literature, as well as an honorary doctorate of civil law from Oxford. He served as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Among his numerous works are The Life of George Washington, Salmagundi, and Tales of the Alhambra.

Product Details

  • Title: Christopher Columbus Collection
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,462

About Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (1450–1506) was an Italian navigator and explorer. He led four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, initiating the European colonization of North and South America, and he had a tremendous impact on the development of the modern Western world. While he conducted his voyages for the interests of the Spanish Crown, Columbus himself characterized his voyages as being for the purpose of spreading Christianity. He was appointed viceroy and governor of the Indies, but was removed from power in 1500 due to reports of tyranny and incompetence as a governor. Despite many obstacles, he continued to explore until his health failed. He engaged in legal battles with the Spanish Crown over compensation for his discoveries, but was ultimately refused. He wrote Book of Privileges in 1502 and Book of Prophecies in 1505.