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In Celebration of World Book Day, 7 March 2013

Two of the rare gems from our collection: Maximilianus Transylvanus, Moluccis de Insulis… (1524). The author, Secretary to the King of Spain, interviewed survivors of the Magellan expedition and prepared this lengthy report for the king’s review within a month of the Victoria’s return to San Lucar.

Leonardo de Argensola, Conquista de las Islas Malucas (1609). Of 450 seamen who joined Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition on September 20, 1519, only 18 survived the perilous voyage across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Philippines and back to Spain. Among those who arrived at San Lucar on board the Victoria on September 6, 1522 were Captain Juan Sebastian El Cano, chronicler Antonio Pigafetta, and pilot Francisco Albo.

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