Text begins with: "Señor. El capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. Suplico a V[uestra] M[agestad] sea seruido hazerme merced, que pues se esta viendo como se ha de dar principio a vna causa tan pia, y tan importante ..."
Text ends with: "... y con la presteza que piden todas sus necessidades, y mis desseos, pues ya es tiempo que yo la reciba, si quiera por lo que a V[uestra] [Magestad] importa."
Dunn, F. M. Quiros memorials: a catalogue of memorials by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros 1607-1615 in the Dixson and Mitchell Libraries, Sydney (1961), p.40.
Kelly, Celsus. Calendar of documents : Spanish voyages in the South Pacific ... (1965), p. 48, p. 263 (item 644).
Seventh in the series of fourteen known Queirós' presentation memorials. Quirós wrote about fifty memorials addressed to the King Philip III of Spain describing the wonders of the lands he had discovered and requesting Royal support to organize a new expedition to the Southern hemisphere. The majority of them were manuscripts, but fourteen were printed between 1607 and 1614 at Quirós' expense for presentation at the Council of the Indies. These so-called "presentation memorials" - to be distinguished from later derivative printings which appeared throughout Europe after the leaking of one of the original Memorials - are among the most valuable of all printed Australiana. In this seventh Presentation memorial Quirós specifically compares his discoveries and their potential with those of Columbus.
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Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, (Spanish: Pedro Fernández de Quirós, (1563-1615)), was a Portuguese navigator best known for his involvement with Spanish voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean. In 1595 he sailed as chief pilot with Mandana's expedition to colonize the Solomon Islands. When Mandana died in Santa Cruz, Quirós brought the fleet through great difficulties to the Philippines. In December 1605, he sailed from Callao, Peru, in command of an expedition to discover the Terra Australis Incognita, the great southern continent thought to exist in the South Pacific Ocean. In May 1606, after finding part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, the northern Cook Islands and Tikopia, the expedition reached the islands later called the New Hebrides. Quirós landed on a large island which he mistook to be the southern continent, and named it Australia del Espiritu Santo (later altered to Austrialia del Espiritu Santo). Here the fleet broke up in unexplained circumstances, Quirós returning to Peru in one ship, and the two others, piloted by Luis Vaez de Torres, resuming the intended voyage to Manila via the Moluccas. Torres successfully reached Manila in May 1607, charting the southern coastline of New Guinea sailing through the strait that now bears his name. Quirós returned to Spain in 1607 and spent the next seven years vainly petitioning Philip III to send him on another expedition.
Dixson Library copy: The memorial consists of 4 leaves (8 pages) unbound of printed text numbered in print at top right corner. The paper is cream light/medium weight handmade laid. Faint watermark of a heart with cross inside on leaves 1and 3 at centre (only visible under strong transmitted light). Signature 'Capt. P. Fernandez Quiros' on last page of Memorial along with some ink spills. Grey lead inscription along top edge of last page '200/5761'.
Dixson Library copy: The original portfolio in which it was housed has been preserved. It is a decorative four flap folder with brown leather case. The flaps and inside front cover are covered in a tan textured fabric. The inside of flaps and inside back cover have been lined with a cream coloured paper. Both covers have gold tooled borders. 'Printed Petition of Captain Quiros to King Philipp III' (probably Sevilla 1609) is gold tooled at centre of front cover. Fore edges are gold tooled. 'Q60/3' is gold tooled at base of spine. Centre of inside front cover has hand painted Dixson crest. Sticker with blue printed border with '1.' inscribed in ink is attached to top left corner of inside cover.