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Letter of Andrea Corsali 1516-1989 [electronic resource]: with additional material
Bib ID 1420922
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Author
Corsali, Andrea, active 1517
 
Online Access
Description 1516-1989 
6 cm. (3 v.) 
Summary

The manuscript is a contemporary copy of "Lettera di Andrea Corsali allo Illustrissimo Signore Duca Juliano de Medici, Venuta Dellindia del mese di Octobre Nel M.D. XVI". It was prepared for Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice from 1523. It provides the only known narrative of a Portuguese voyage in 1515 down the African coast, around the Cape of Good Hope, and into the Southern and Indian Oceans, making landfall at Goa on the Indian coast, later travelling down to Cochin at the foot of India. After rounding the Cape, Corsali observed the curious behaviour of an unrecorded group of Stars (the Southern Cross) which he described and illustrated. The letter was sent from Cochin to his patron, Giuliano de Medici, in Florence (15 pages, the last page blank). Also two volumes of research material: 'The Corsali manuscript', Horden House, 1989. 'The Corsali manuscript research notes', Horden House, 1989.

Biography/History

Corsali was a Florentine under the patronage of the Medici family in the Service of the Portuguese. See "The Corsali manuscript", Horden House, 1989.

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 7860.

The original manuscript is privately owned. It was on loan to the National Library of Australia until October 2003, then lent to the State Library of New South Wales.

Contemporary copy (1516-1523) on vellum.

Includes additional typescript material.

In Italian.

Reproduction Electronic reproduction Canberra National Library of Australia 2003. Mode of access: World Wide Web. 
Subjects Corsali, Andrea, active 1517 -- Correspondence.  |  Medici, Giuliano de, -- Correspondence.  |  Travelers -- Diaries.  |  Constellations -- Early works to 1800.  |  India -- Discovery and exploration.  |  India -- Description and travel .  |  East Indies -- Discovery and exploration -- Portuguese.
Time Coverage 1516 
Occupation Explorers.
Other authors/contributors Medici, Giuliano de

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