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QUIROS (Pedro Fernandes de).

[Memorial 11].

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Stock Code
98552
Madrid, 1611
£125,000

A great rarity an original quiros presentation memorial. 'The discovery of the Southern Continent, whenever, and by whomsoever it may be completely effected, is in justice due to this immortal name' (Alexander Dalrymple). Between 1607 and 1614 Quiros wrote a series of petitions (or memorials) addressed to the King of Spain requesting that he be given command of another voyage to find the great hidden continent Terra Australis Incognita. The majority of these memorials, over 50 in number, were presented in manuscript form, however fourteen were printed at Quiros's own expense in limited numbers for presentation to the King and his Councils alone. These presentation memorials represent the earliest printed record of discovery and plans for colonisation of Terra Australis, the Australian continent.

Pedro Fernandes de Queiros (1563[5ý]-1614) was born in Portugal, becoming a Spanish subject when the two countries were temporarily united following the Portuguese succession crisis of 1580.

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Small folio (28.0 x 18.5 cms), 4 ff. (six pages of printed text followed by one integral blank leaf [i.e. two pages]). Woodcut initial to first leaf.

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