A History Of The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus (volume 2) by Washington IrvingA History Of The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus (volume 2) by Washington Irving

A History Of The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus (volume 2)

byWashington Irving

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...the equator. This he imagined to be the noblest and most perfect place on earth; enjoying from its position an equality of days and nights, and a uniformity of seasons, and being elevated into a serene and heavenly temperature, above the heats and colds, the clouds and vapours, the storms and tempests, which deform and disturb the lower regions. In a word, here he supposed to be situated the original abode of our first parents, the primitive seat of human innocence and bliss, the Garden of Eden, or terrestrial Paradise! He imagined this place to be still flourishing in all its blissful delights, but inaccessible to mortal feet, excepting by divine permission, according to the opinion of the most eminent fathers of the church. From this height, he presumed, though of course from a great distance, proceeded this mighty stream of fresh water which filled the gulf of Paria, and sweetened the salt ocean in its vicinity; being supplied by the fountain mentioned in Genesis, as springing from the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. Such was the singular speculation of Columbus, which he detailed at full length, in a letter to the Castilian sovereigns, citing various authorities for his opinions, among which were St. Augustine, St. Isidor, and St. Ambrosius, and fortifying his theory with much of that speculative erudition in which he was deeply versedf. It shows how his ardent mind was heated by the magnificence of his discoveries. Shrewd men, in the coolness and quietude of ordinary life, and in these modern days of cautious and sober fact, may smile at such a reverie; but it was countenanced by the speculations of the most sage and learned of those times; and if it had not been, could we wonder at any sally of the imagination in one placed in...
Title:A History Of The Life And Voyages Of Christopher Columbus (volume 2)Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217426557

ISBN - 13:9780217426558