Text begins with: "Señor. El capitan Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, a V[uestra] M[agestad] pido licencia para quexarme si quiera un poco de lo mucho, que tantos años padecì en persuadir a que en la parte Austral incognita ...".
Text ends with: "..."y saberse ha la prouidencia de Dios, para quien lo dexo rodo".
Starts with woodcut initial letter 'E'.
Not recorded by F. M. Dunn in his 'Quiros memorials : a catalogue of memorials ...' (1961) or Celsus Kelly in 'Calendar od documents ...' (1965).
Fourteenth (and apparently previously unrecorded) in the series of known Quiros' 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 fourteenth presentation memorial Quirós begs Phillip III to respond to his repeated requests to back a missionary expedition to the lands he had earlier discovered. He expresses his frustration with the Crown for ignoring him and notes that the king has even refused to see him in person.
Online images available via the State Library of NSW at: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?itemID=1004893&acmsid=0 ; Digital order number a6318.
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.
Mitchell Library copy: Was purchased from Hordern House Rare Books Pty Ltd, July 2012.
Mitchell Library copy: Consists of 2 leaves (4 pages) unbound of printed text. The paper is a cream light/medium weight handmade laid. Iron gal ink (tested) inscription along bottom right edge of last page '+/el Capitan quiros'. Deep creases run horizontally through centre of both leaves. Vertical crease through centre of bottom half of second leaf bisected by a second horizontal crease. Tight cockling along top and bottom edges of both leaves. Creasing at top and bottom of central fold. The bottom right corner of first leaf is heavily creased. The paper, being handmade, shows imperfections, creases, variations in thickness and uneven texture in some places. There are also creases inherent in the paper from the paper making process.