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The Letter Of Christopher Columbus Announcing The Discovery Of The New World is the first document to announce the results of his first voyage that reached the Americas.

It was supposedly written aboard the caravel Niña by Columbus himself on the 15th of February 1493. Once he landed in Lisbon on March 4th, he added a post-script and probably delivered two copies of his letter to the Spanish CourtIn the letter, he doesn’t describe the journey itself, he states that he traveled thirty-three days and arrived at the islands of "the Indies". In addition to announcing his momentous discovery, Columbus’s letter also provides observations of the native people’s culture and lack of weapons.

The Spanish royal couple: the only true recipients of Columbus's letter

The only explicit recipient of the Letter was Luis de Santángel, a sort of finance minister to King Ferdinand of Aragon II and the controller of the King’s household expenditures. Speculations affirm that Queen Isabella was another recipient of the original letter since she also had helped him finance his journey. The letter was written in Spanish and sent to Rome, where it was printed in Latin by Stephan Plannck. Plannck mistakenly left Queen Isabella’s name out of the pamphlet’s introduction but quickly realized his error and reprinted the pamphlet a few days later. 

A best seller right from the beginning

Columbus’s letter completely overturned the public perception of the recently discovered lands. More than 3,000 copies of the letter were published, it was considered a best-seller of its time.
Unfortunately, the original versions of the letter have never been found, the only document known to us are the printed editions.


We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "The Letter Of Christopher Columbus Announcing The Discovery Of The New World": La Carta de Colón anunciando el Descubrimiento del Nuevo Mundo facsimile edition, published by Circulo Cientifico, 2018

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La Carta de Colón anunciando el Descubrimiento del Nuevo Mundo

Madrid: Circulo Cientifico, 2018

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 525 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, The Letter Of Christopher Columbus Announcing The Discovery Of The New World: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

In 1914, the topograph Eudall Canibell from Barcelona dedicates himself to the reprint of the first print copy of Columbus' letter. He decides to reproduce the Gothic font of the late 14th century and to print the letter in large format on a single page. He also adds decorations all around the text, with floral motifs, and the coat of arms with the initials of the Catholic kings - Isabel I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon - on the bottom, on a red background to mark and symbolize the end of the Spanish Reconquista.

This facsimile is printed on 260 gr parchment in the format of 68x48 cm, with gold and silver tooling. This edition also presents an elegant print with Christopher Columbus' portrait.

Edition by Círculo científico (Taberna Libraria series).

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