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Autograph manuscript unsigned.

Autograph manuscript unsigned.

Irving, Washington, American writer (1783-1859). 8vo. 1 page. A manuscript page from his book A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, published in 1828. The famous author wrote: "in the noses of some of the natives. On being asked where this previous metal was procured, they answered by signs, pointing to the south, and Columbus understood them to say, that a king resided in that quarter, of such wealth that he was served in great vessels of gold. He interpreted all their imperfect communications according to his previous ideas and his cherished wishes. They spoke of a warlike people, who often invaded their islands from the northwest and carried off the inhabitants. These he concluded to be the people of the main land of Asia, subjects to the Grand Khan who, according to Marco Polo, were accustomed to make war upon the islands, and make slaves of the natives. The rich country to the south could be no other than the islands of Cipango, and the king who was served out of golden vessels must be the monarch whose magnificent palace was said to be covered with plates of gold. Having explored the island of Guanahani and taken in a supply of wood and water, Columbus set sail in quest of the opulent country to the south, taking seven of the". The ink is dark and the extreme upper right corner is missing; the condition is very good. This manuscript was removed from the 1895 Author's Autograph Edition of Irving’s Works, published by Putnam.