Señor : el Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros : V.M. ordena y manda a su Consejo de Indias que me despachos a mi satisfacion para que el Virrey del Piru me de lo que fuere menester a la poblacion de las tierras Australes adonde V.M. se sirue mandarme ir.
Mitchell Library copy at SAFE 1/5n : Supervised access only by appointment through Manager Access & Information.
Dixson Library copy at SAFE/ Q61/5: Supervised access only by appointment through Manager Access & Information.
The last 2 leaves blank and unnumbered, numbering begins with leaf 2.
Dated by Kelly as printed c. Oct. 1610.
Text begins with: "Señor. El Capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, V[uestra] M[agestad] ordena y manda a su Consejo de Indias, que me de despachos a mi satisfacion, par que el Virrey del Piru, me de lo que fuere menester a la poblacion de las tierras Australes, adonde V[uestra] M[agestad] se sirue mandarme ir.
Text ends with: "... Todo ferà como V.M. lo mandara. Todo se reduze a obras".
Decorated initial letter 'E'.
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. 43.
Kelly, Celsus. Calendar of documents : Spanish voyages in the South Pacific ... (1965), pp. 275-277 (items 667-677).
Tenth 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. This tenth Presentation memorial is the most substantial of the memorials, summarising earlier petitions, including an important letter by Luis Vaez de Torres written from Manila 15 June 1607. Kelly described it as the 'Composite Memorial', since it incorporates the "Eighth" Memorial (No 5 in the Presentation memorials series), commencing with "La grandeza ..." , 'Relación sumaria' from information given to him at the Court by the Lic. Hernando de los Ríos, Procurador of the Philippines, ' Relación sumaria' extracted from a report by Ruy Gonzalez de Sequeira, Capitan mayor of the Moluccas, and the Sixteenth Memorial along with substantial excerpts from others of the fifty Memorials already presented during Quirós' three years at Court̀.
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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 at SAFE/ Q61/5: Full bound in red 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 between 1880 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 2 blind tooled lines. A bookbinder's identification "Bound by Riviere & son, London" in small gilded font is stamped inside front cover, bottom centre of turn in. Blind tooled lines on spine at head and tail and bordering the raised bands. Endleaves and added blank pages are of tan, medium-to-heavy weight, laid paper. 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 and added leaves have been bound in against the grain.
Mitchell Library copy at SAFE 1/5n: Full bound in vellum, the cover is free of any embellishments such as gilt lettering or tooling.
Dixson Library copy at SAFE/ Q61/5: The memorial consists of 24 leaves of printed text foliated p. 2-23 in the upper RH corners of the recto of each leaf in black print. The title page and the final (blank) page have not been numbered. There is a decorative 'E' on the first page. All leaves are trimmed are slightly smaller than the added blank pages. The trimming is uneven (not square) and not uniform in size and as a result some pages protrude. Handwritten corrections in black/brown in on verso p. 6, and recto p. 7 (sequentially p. 12 and 13) and last page of text (verso p. 23). The last page of the memorial, which is blank, has multiple areas of media smudging and blotting. The paper is cream, medium weight, handmade laid. Watermarks pp. 23, 21, 20, 17,16 14, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 text pages (only visible under strong transmitted light). Most appear to be of the similar heart-shaped design of the other Memorials. There are one or two which are not very legible and appear to be of a different design.
Mitchell Library copy at SAFE 1/5n: The memorial consists of 23 numbered leaves and one blank leaf (48 pages). The pages of printed text are foliated on the recto of each page only on the top RH corner (excluding the title page with the numbering beginning at page 2 and excepting p. 3 where the paper and number has suffered a loss). There is also foliation pp. 209-28, [illegible], [illegible], 231 visible faintly in ink, foliated on the recto of each page only on the top RH corner. There are manuscript corrections on p. 6, p. 7 back of p. 10 (sequentially 12, 13, 20). There are inscriptions in several places which appear to vary between Latin/Spanish/Arabic, and numerals. These are quite extensive on the first (title) page and are visible on pp. 1, 18, back of 23 (last page of text). There are ink stains, ink offsetting and small notations on the final (blank) page. There are the following markings in pencil: p. 1 - "Maggs Bros . 1922 and number" ; verso of the final blank page "755" on tail edge, has been trimmed off ; "8" on page 3 bottom RHS. The first page has a decorated initial letter 'E'. All leaves have been trimmed square. The paper is cream, light/medium weight, handmade laid, watermarked on pp. 2, 3, 6, 8, 9,12,13,15,17,19, 22, 23 leaves, centre (the watermarks are quite faint and are only visible under strong transmitted light). All appear to be similar, with the heart shaped motif common to other Memorials with the exception of page 8 where it appears to be different but the shape is hard to discern.