Portuguese Memorial

Portuguese Memorial

Portugal — 1494

Written in 1494, only rediscovered in the 20th century: a letter to Queen Isabelle I of Spain requesting expeditions to Africa

  1. This is a 1494 letter from a Portuguese noble to Queen Isabella I (1451–1504) urging her to send expeditions to Africa

  2. This important document had lain unnoticed in Simancas until its discovery in the 20th century

  3. A precious find from the early days of the Age of Exploration and Colonization

Portuguese Memorial

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Description
Portuguese Memorial

Memorial sent by a Portuguese noble to Queen Isabella of Castile in 1494 urging her to send expeditions towards Africa rather than to the Indies. This important document had lain unnoticed in the General Record Office in Simancas since the 16th century, until its discovery by Professor Itsvan Szaszdi León-Borja of Valladolid University and Professor Katalin Klimes Szmik of Budapest University, the joint authors of the study and transcription contained in the accompanying volume.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Memorial Portugués
Size / Format
50 pages / 33.0 × 23.0 cm
Origin
Portugal
Date
1494
Language
Previous Owners
Queen Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504)

Available facsimile editions:
Portuguese Memorial – leg. 367, doc. 142 – Archivo General (Simancas, Spain)
Testimonio Compañía Editorial – Madrid, 1994
Limited Edition: 980 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Memorial Portugués

Publisher: Testimonio Compañía Editorial – Madrid, 1994
Limited Edition: 980 copies
Binding: Embossed leather
Commentary: 1 volume by Itsvan Sazszdi and Katlin Klimes-Szmik
Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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