Señor : el capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros : de mostrar V.M. al mundo, quanto dessea, y procura la mas honra y gloria de Dios nuestro señor, en la poblacion que V.M. mãda q yo vaya a hazer, en las tierras q de la parte Austral por orden de V.M. descubri ... [short version]
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The shorter of two versions of this Memorial omitting the section of 'Cuentas' which is on pp. 7-12 of the longer version (no. 9 in the series).
Dated by Kelly as printed c. Jan. 1610.
Text begins with: "Señor. El Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. De mostrar V[uestra] M[agestad] al mundo, quanto dessea, y procura la mas honra y gloria de Dios nuestro señor, en la poblacion que V[uestra] M[agestad] manda q yo vaya a hazer, en las tierras q de la parte Austral por orden de V[uestra] M[agestad] descubri ...
Text ends with: "... No permita V.M. que esta causa de primero fin de mi, que yo principia a ella. La flota se parte."
Dated by Kelly as printed c. Jan. 1610.
Kelly, Celsus. Calendar of documents : Spanish voyages in the South Pacific ... (1965), p. 267 (item 653).
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.41
Eighth in the series of fourteen known Quirós' 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. Circulation of all memorials was restricted to the King, ministers and Councils of State, of War and the Indies. When it was learnt in 1610 he was distributing them beyond the court the King ordered all memorials to be recalled. The Eighth Memorial 'escaped' the Spanish borders and was translated into various languages. These so-called "presentation memorials" - to be distinguished from later derivative printings which appeared throughout Europe - are among the most valuable of all printed Australiana. According to Kelly this eight Presentation memorial is: "...Memorial ... pointing out that the cédula for the Viceroy of Peru given him by Gabriel de Hoa on 18 Dec. 1608 is cast only in general terms and lacks the clarity and force necessary to ensure the carrying out of the preparations in Peru. ... For the success of the enterprise he requests a number of cédulas to reinforce his dispatch. He refers to his extreme poverty since he has spent everything in the furtherance of this cause and asks a grant-in-aid to meet his debts."--Kelly.
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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) of printed text foliated p. 2-4 in the upper RH corners of the recto of each leaf in black print (except the title page). Added ink foliation ff. 281-4 in ink faded to a brownish colour in the upper RH corners of the recto of each leaf in black print (including the title page). Additional numbering in pencil (?) upper RH corners of pp. 2, 3, 4. All leaves are trimmed unevenly and are slightly smaller than the added blank pages. The gilding of the page edges is incomplete, possibly because of the difference in page sizes. Watermark on f. 3, 4 of text pages, showing similar heart-shaped design of the other Memorials (only visible under strong transmitted light). P. 1-6 are identical with the long version apparently from the same typesetting. This version omits Cuentas.
Dixson Library copy: Full bound in brown morocco with gilt lettering and tooling and 2 raised bands on the spine. The boards appear to have bevelled edges. The binding is not contemporary with the item and is much newer (some time between1880 and 1939). The spine is gold lettered with the call number, title and author. There is a double gold line running along the head, tail and foredge of the cover board edges. There is a design of three radiating double gold lines on each of the endcaps. On the inside of the cover - on the turn in - is a decoration consisting of an ornate pattern running around the turn in and covering the entire surface of the leather. A bookbinder's identification "Bound by Riviere & son" in small font is stamped inside front cover (within the gilded border), bottom centre of turn in. There is a Sir William Dixson bookplate, and a gummed library sticker (annotated in black ink) adhered to inside of front cover on the pastedown. There are pencil annotations on the front and rear pastedowns. The endpapers, extra blank pages and flyleaves have been bound in against the grain.