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Christopher Columbus' documents in the Casa de Alba archive Facsimile Edition

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The "Christopher Columbus' documents in the Casa de Alba archive" is one of the most complete and varied collections of original documents by Christopher Columbus.

Written between 1493 and 1504, the collection includes reports, statements written in the Indies, and various letters to Columbus' son Diego and to Gaspar de Gorricio, as well as the only copy of the Diario de a bordo (journey log) from Columbus' first journey. Not all the documents in the collection were written by Columbus' hand — some were written by a scribe and later signed by Columbus.

The records are in a remarkable state of preservation: they are clean, without erasures, and written on paper.

The documents are the following:

1. Cuaderno de a bordo: perfil de la isla Española y fragmento de un escrito, 1493

2. Memorial Torres. La Isabela, 30 January 1494

3. Carta a Diego Colón. Sevilla, 29 April 1498

4. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Sanlúcar, 12 May 1498

5. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Sanlúcar, 28 May 1498

6. Respuesta del Almirante a los capítulos de sus Privilegios

7. Relación de la gente que fue con Colón en el Primer Viaje. Santo Domingo, 16 November 1498

8. Carta a Miguel Ballester. La Concepción, 21 May 1499

9. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Granada, 26 February 1501

10. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Granada, 24 May 1501

11. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Granada, 9 June 1501

12. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio, 14, 1501

13. Carta a fray Gaspar de Gorricio. Undated

14. Conocimiento de cien castellanos de oro a Alonso de Morales. Granada, 22 October 1501

15. Memorial del oro que se ha vendido en Castilla hasta el mes de ... 1501

16. Memorial del Almirante sobre agravios que recibió. 1501

17. Memorial de Agravios

18. Información de los Privilegios y Mercedes

19. Libramiento a favor de Diego Rodríguez. 7 September 1504

20. Libramiento a favor de Rodrigo Vizcaíno y Francisco Niño. 8 September 1504

21. Libramiento a favor de Diego de Salcedo. 9 September 1504

 

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Christopher Columbus' documents in the Casa de Alba archive": Documentos Colombinos en la Casa de Alba facsimile edition, published by Testimonio Compañía Editorial, 1987

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Documentos Colombinos en la Casa de Alba

Madrid: Testimonio Compañía Editorial, 1987

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Varela, Consuelo
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Christopher Columbus' documents in the Casa de Alba archive: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile edition containing 21 documents written by or related to Christopher Columbus and owned by the Casa ducal de Alba in its archive in the Liria Palace in Madrid. The edition also includes a commentary in Spanish language with introduction, transcription and notes by Consuelo Varela.

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