American Vainglory

J.E. Sandys, Harvard Lectures on the Revival of Classical Learning:

“In 1499 (as we are all aware) a son of Florence, Amerigo Vespucci, took part in the discovery of Venezuela. But it is not perhaps so widely known that his graphic description of the third and most famous of his four voyages was translated into Latin by none other than Fra Giocondo himself. This translation was printed by Martin Waltzemuller at Strassburg in 1505, and also reprinted with the narrative of the three other voyages in 1507, and it is in this reprint that we find the first suggestion that the newly discovered continent should receive the name of America. In this volume Amerigo makes a vainglorious display of his classical learning in the form of quotations from Pliny, Virgil, and Aristotle.”

Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci.jpg

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