De Orbe Novo Volume 2; The Eight Decades Of Peter Martyr D'anghera

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byPietro Martire D' Anghiera

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 Excerpt: ... melted gold, the Spaniards brought back very valuable necklaces, of great weight and artistic workmanship; the workmanship indeed is more valuable than the material, for there are very industrious artisans among these peoples, especially for goldsmiths' work. Your Beatitude is well aware of this fact, since before your elevation to the pontifical throne you saw a number of these wrought objects in my possession. Cortes also says that they brought him an extraordinary amount of precious stones. The royal fifth of the silver exceeded one hundred pounds at eight ounces, which the Spaniards call marcs. The most incredible particulars are reported concerning the furniture decorated with cotton stuffs, the tapestries, clothing, and decorated beds. Nevertheless they must be believed, since such a man as Cortes ventures to write them to the Emperor and to our Council for Indian Affairs. He also adds that he omits a great deal for fear of being wearisome, enumerating such marvels. Those who return from that country are unanimous in their reports The gifts Cortes has received from Muteczuma are so marvellous, both for their intrinsic value and for their workmanship, that it is better not to describe them until we see them. In company with Your Beatitude, we have examined in the famous city of Valladolid the first ones sent over, and we have described them in our Fourth Decade. Cortes writes that within a few days he will send a number of presents, but that the first to reach us are much inferior in number, quality, and value. Cortes took his ease, nor, in this succession of important events, did he know what next to do. Reflecting upon the power of Muteczuma the greatness of his empire, and the order and wealth of his administration, he declared that he did not know...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 Excerpt: ... melted gold, the Spaniards brought back very valuable necklaces, of great weight and artistic workmanship; the workmanship inde...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217828493

ISBN - 13:9780217828499

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