Madrid: Juan de la Cuesta, 1606.
First edition. Engraved title-page to the first part, letterpress title to the second. Engraved folding world map (147 x 285mm), woodcut diagrams throughout. 1 vols. Folio. IMPORTANT SPANISH NAVIGATION MANUAL, 1606. Eighteenth century calf gilt, edges tinted red. With extensive early manuscript notes in margins. Some trace of dampstaining on binding, title page and first few leaves with expert conservation work (washed, marginal restorations to bottom corner) Alden & Landis 606/50; Brunet I: 1755; JCB (3) II:39; Palau 98619; Sabin 11718; Wagner Northwest Coast 244; Shirley 256 (map). Item #318960
THE RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT SPANISH NAVIGATION MANUAL, including documents relating to the dispute with Portugal on the demarcation line between Spanish and Portuguese America first set by Papal decree in 1493.
Garcıá de Céspedes, Royal Cosmographer to Felipe III, drew on information in an earlier work on navigation and mathematics by the Portuguese Pedro Nuñez (1502-1578), reputed inventor of the rhumb line, but the Regimiento is substantially his own. He corrected the charts of the Indian Ocean, producing the most accurate to date, and in the long final section gives a general guide to navigation in the Americas with sailing directions for the West Indies, Veracruz, Havana, and from Spain to Rio de la Plata, the Straits of Magellan and the Pacific coast of South America.
The printer, Juan de la Cuesta, was also Cervantes' publisher including the first edition Don Quixote in 1605.
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