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Image number: RS.18043
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Outrigger canoe

Date

1801

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Antonio Pigafetta (1491-1531, Italian), Explorer

Object type

Library reference

59032

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 202mm
width (page): 125mm

Subject

Content object

map

Description

Primitive map showing three islands, the larger with a cartouche headed ‘ysole de li ladroni’ [‘islands of thieves’], the modern day Mariana Islands, including Guam. The illustration features an outrigger canoe, or Proa, equipped with a lateen sail and paddled by two figures.

Plate 3 from the book Premier voyage au tour du monde, by Antonio Pigafetta (Paris, H J Jensen, 1801).

Inscribed above: ‘Carte enluminée II Page 62.’ Inscribed below ‘1er. Voyage de Pigafetta. No. 3.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘Leur amusement est de se promener avec leurs femmes dans des canots semblables aux gondoles de Fuisine près de Vénise…’ [Their entertainment is to wander with their wives in canoes similar to gondolas of Fuisine near Venice].

This French version of Pigafetta’s account of the Magellan voyage was translated from a manuscript discovered in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. Only a small selection of the original images appeared in this book.

Antonio Pigafetta (c.1491-c.1531) Italian explorer, survivor of the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan (c.1480-1521), the first voyage of circumnavigation of the globe led by the Portuguese explorer.

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