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'The fyrst booke of the historye of India'

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MS. Bodl. 704
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'The fyrst booke of the historye of India', and the East Indies, an English translation of the first book of Fernan Lopes de Castañeda's Historia do descobrimento e conquista da India pelos Portugueses (first printed in 1552 in ten books in Portuguese), containing events up to 1505, in ninety-five chapters.

There is no clue to the translator's name, but it is not N. L(ichfield)'s translation published in 1582. The text beg. 'Caput 1. Howe kyng John the second .... This kyng John ... seying the spicerys drougery pretious stones & other riche wares'.


  • Creation: Written in the 2nd half of the 16th century


228 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 704, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 704

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17994


'The fyrst booke of the historye of India'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 2563

Custodial History

Manuscript 3031 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'For this & Thesaurus Precum to give at returne 38', by me Thpmbs [Thomas] Williams', 'Frauncis Homely', all about A.D. 1600. The MS. first occurs in Bodleian lists about 1655.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 7/8 × 8 3/4 in.

'The fyrst booke of the historye of India'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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