Quarto, 4 unnumbered leaves. Disbound.
Lilly Library call number: F2526 .C78 vault
The newsletter describes the voyage, the encounter with the natives, the condition of the country, and the cargo brought back. One passage in the report may have referred to the Strait of Magellan (not then so named), and some authorities believe it may have influenced Magellan to start his voyage.
This copy is the first issue. Only two other copies are recorded: one in the State Library of Munich and another in the Germanic Museum of Nuremberg.
See Plate V, page 66.
Lilly Library call number: DV20 .Q3 1611 vault
The voyage of Fernándes de Queiros was the first event in the history of Antarctic exploration. Its object was the discovery of the southern continent and the annexation of the South Pole.
This edition in German followed the original Spanish editions by one year. A French and an English translation appeared in 1617.
38. FRACANZANO DA MONTALBODDO. Paesi nouamente retrouati ... . [Stampato in Vicentia ... Henrico Vicentino ... M.cccccvii... ]
Quarto, 126 unnumbered leaves. Woodcut title printed in red and black. Bound in full red levant morocco by Rinda of Milan.
Lilly Library call number: E101 .F8 1507
The book contains accounts of the voyages of Cada Mosto, Vasco da Gama, and Pedro Álvares Cabral, all relating to the circumnavigation of Africa and the water route to India. It also contains the first three voyages of Columbus (reprinted from the Libretto), the third voyage of Vespucci, the second voyage of Cortereal, the voyage of Pinzón, and others. Historians and bibliographers alike have been virtually unanimous in their appreciation of this work, and most would agree with the Brazilian bibliographer José Carlos Rodrigues, who stated that “ ... this book is not a jewel, it is a constellation of jewels” (Biblioteca Brasiliense, 436).
A. Paesi, Milano, Jo. Jacobo fratelli da Lignano, 1512. Sabin 50052.
B. Paesi, Venice, Zorzi de Rusconi, 1517. Sabin 50053.
C. Paesi, Milan, J. A. Schinzenzeler, 1519. Sabin 50054.
D. Sensuyt le Nouveau Mõde, Paris, [Jean Trepperel, 1516-17?] Sabin 50060.
The Lilly Collection contains the Itinerarium, Milan, 1508; Newe Unbekanthe Landte, Nuremberg, 1508; and Paesi, Venice, 1521.
See Plate X, page 71.
41. GALVÃO, ANTONIO. Tratado. Que compôs o nobre & notauel capitão Antonio Galuão, dos diuersos & desuayrados caminhos, por onde nos tempos passados a pimenta & especearia veyo da India ás nossas partes ... . [Lisbon] Impressa em casa de Ioam da Barreira ... . 
Octavo, 4 unnumbered, 80 numbered leaves. Bound in vellum with double gold fillets on covers.
Lilly Library call number: G80 .G175 vault
The original Portuguese edition of Antonio Galvão’s treatise on geographical discovery, containing among other accounts a report on Sebastian Cabot’s voyage to North America.
Boies Penrose wrote: “This volume is a chronological epitome of all discoveries and travels worthy of note, ancient and modern, undertaken up to the year 1555. ... [Galvão’s] later years are obscure, and he died in poverty, but not before he had composed this famous treatise of unique historical value. ... His book is ... wonderfully complete and very accurate ... ” (Travel and Discovery in the Renaissance, 281).
This work apparently became quite scarce shortly after publication. Richard Hakluyt, in the preface to his English translation of 1601, complained that he could not obtain an original copy. Sabin at one time reported “only three copies known.” Insofar as we are aware, our copy and that in the John Carter Brown Library are the only ones located in the United States.
57. MAXIMILIANUS, TRANSYLVANUS. De Molvccis Insulis ... . [Coloniae in aedibus Eucharij Ceruicorni ... M.D.XXIII. mense Ianuario.]
Octavo, 15 unnumbered leaves (leaf B1 in facsimile, last blank leaf missing). Title within woodcut border, consisting of hand-colored nude figures. Bound in red morocco by Bernasconi.
Lilly Library call number: G420 .M2 M4 1523 vault
This account was written as an exercise in Latin composition by Maximilian, natural son of the Archbishop of Salzburg and a young pupil of Peter Martyr. Martyr ordered his student to interview the returning sailors, who had gone to Valladolid to report to the Emperor, and to write out an account in Latin and forward it to his father in Germany.
The book was immediately reprinted in Paris (July, 1523) and in Rome (November, 1523, and in 1524). The Cologne edition is reproduced in facsimile in Henry Stevens’ Johann Schöner, London, 1888.
The two Rome editions, 1523 and 1524, printed by F. Minitii Calvi, are also exhibited. Sabin 47039 and 47040.
See Plate XIII, page 74.
64. MÜNSTER, SEBASTIAN. Cosmographia. Beschreibūg aller Lender dürch Sebastianum Munsterum ... . Getruckt zü Basel dürch Henrichum Petri. Anno M.D.XLiiij.
Folio, 54 unnumbered leaves, pages numbered I-dclix. Contains 24 double-page woodcut maps and many woodcuts throughout text. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards.
Lilly Library call number: G113 .M749 vault
The first edition is a very scarce book, and the late Harold L. Ruland, an authority on Münster, could locate only the copy in the New York Public Library in the United States (see his article in Imago Mundi, XVI , 84 ff.).
The Mendel Collection also contains a copy of the 1578 edition, the last to be published by Petri.
69. ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM. Theatrvm orbis terrarvm. [apud Aegid. Coppenium Diesth, Antverpiae, M.D.LXX.]
Folio, 53 double-page colored maps and text. Title within elaborately engraved compartment. Bound in contemporary leather.
Lilly Library call number: G1006 .T37 1570 vault
Apart from the beautifully engraved, elaborately decorated, and brilliantly colored maps, the Ortelius atlas contains an extremely important “Catalogus Auctorum Tabularum Geographicarum” naming ninety-one map makers and their maps, from the earliest times up to Waldseemüller, Nicolaus de Cusa, and Mercator. This valuable bibliography has been carefully studied, supplemented, and annotated by L. Bagrow in his admirable A. Ortelii Catalogus Cartographorum, Gotha, 1928-30.
Ortelius was a scholar first and a geographer second. He believed that all literate persons should have a knowledge of geography. Judging by the number of editions of his atlases which were produced, the literate of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were well versed in the subject.
A. The first edition in French. Antwerp, Diesth, 1572.
B. The first edition in German. Antwerp, Plantin, 1572 (with addition of 1573).
C. An enlarged edition containing 161 maps. Antwerp, Plantin, 1612.
88. SANTA TERESA, JOÃO JOSÉ DE. Istoria delle Gverre del Regno del Brasile ... . Anno MDCXCVIII. In Roma, Nella Stamperia degl’ Eredi del Corbelletti ... .
Folio, 2 parts bound in one, , 1-232, , , 3-211,  p. Two full-page portraits and 23 maps and views. Bound in old calf.
Lilly Library call number: F2532 .J62 vault
Senhor Borba de Moraes reported as follows on this volume: “The Guerre del ... Brazil is one of the most sumptuous works published in the XVII century about a Brazilian subject. It was subsidized with 5 thousand ‘cruzados’ by D. Pedro II, and the most famous engravers of the time did the engraving ... The ‘Santa Teresa,’ as it is known among the bibliophiles, is difficult to find complete and in good condition. Taunay considers it ‘one of the most costly of the Brazilian seicentista pieces ... when in perfect condition, and with all the magnificent maps and engravings that adorn it.’ ” (Bibliographia Brasiliana, II, 231)
See Plate XVII, page 78.
Nota do Blogue: Trata-se de uma versão electrónica e actualizada (2005) do catálogo original da exposição realizada em 1964, da qual apenas retirei parte da informação. Aconselho pois a visualizar este catálogo na íntegra em especial as várias edições de Ptolemy.
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington). The Bernardo Mendel Collection: an exhibit . [Lilly Library] [Bloomington, IN] . 83 p.: port., facsims.; 28 cm.