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  • Title
    Andrea Corsali - Letter to Giuliano de Medici, 1516, with additional material, 1989
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/239
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1516, 1989
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    0.04 metres of textual material (2 boxes) - manuscript on vellum (contemporary copy) and typescript (additional material)

    Andrea Corsali was a Florentine under the patronage of the Medici family in the service of the Portuguese.
  • Scope and Content
    BOX 1
    The manuscript is a contemporary copy of "Lettera di Andrea Corsali allo Illustrissimo Signore Duca Juliano de Medici, Venuta Dellindia del mese di Octobre Nel M.D. XVI". It was prepared for Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice from 1523. It provides the only known narrative of a Portuguese voyage in 1515 down the African coast, around the Cape of Good Hope, and into the Southern and Indian Oceans, making landfall at Goa on the Indian coast, later travelling down to Cochin at the foot of India. After rounding the Cape, Corsali observed the curious behaviour of an unrecorded group of Stars (the Southern Cross) which he described and illustrated. The letter was sent from Cochin to his patron, Giuliano de Medici, in Florence (15 pages, the last page blank).
    BOX 2
    Two volumes of research material: 'The Corsali manuscript', Hordern House, 1989 and 'The Corsali manuscript research notes', Hordern House, 1989.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: published in 1516
    Approval for reproduction required: of the Bruce & Joy Reid Foundation
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy Bruce and Joy Reid Foundation
  • General note

    For a complete translation of the letter, its broader contextual history and biographical information about Corsali, see Sergio Sergi, "Andrea Corsali: Fiorentino. A watcher of the Austral Skies", Canberra, 2013.
    Microfilm copy: CY 4477, frames 21 - 111
    Digital order no:a1185001
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