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November 2nd, 2005, 10:37 PM
could any one help me to find a scanned image of giovanni da verrazano's letter to the king of france (http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/%7Elgordis/earlyAC/documents/verrazan.htm) detailing his (supposedly first ever for a european) visit in 1524 to what is now new york harbor? if i can't get a scan (which i would really like!), then the text in italian word processed would have to do i suppose.

i've tried google images, and a couple of extensive searches - a good hour online - but have come up with nothing :-(

is anybody here in the know?


November 2nd, 2005, 11:43 PM
jonathan - if you are in NYC you might try the Rare Book Room at the NY Public Library at 42nd & 5th. They hold originals of all sorts of amazing books & manuscripts ( there I was able to view a number of original Treaties between the Colonies and Indian Tribes of the Six Nations printed by Benjamin Franklin -- that's another story, but a photo from one of the Treaty pages that I took while in the Rare Book room is below ;) ).

You might be able to check the NYPL records online to see if the NYPL has this document. If so, then you need to go to the offices on the 3rd Floor of NYPL and present ID and a reason that you want access to the manuscript (research seems to be a good enough reason if you appear to be sane and responsible). Then you will be given the proper card to proceed to the Rare Book Room, located at the north end of the Reading Room, where you will get buzzed in.

Good Luck!

November 2nd, 2005, 11:50 PM
Have you tried the history forum at craigslist?

November 3rd, 2005, 07:04 AM
New York Historical Society (http://www.nyhistory.org/)

The best place to start. They'll point you in the right direction.

Click on LIBRARY.

You can query by telephone or email.

Let us know if you find it.

November 3rd, 2005, 10:11 PM
thanks guys, for all your help:).

lofter1, sadly i am not in new york!


November 14th, 2005, 02:05 PM
well, i got the images, in case you guys are still interested - needless to say, i'm still working on my webpages, so sorry for their unfinished look.....


there is a translation here (http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/%7Elgordis/earlyAC/documents/verrazan.htm); the passage you want is just before the webpage's half way mark.

November 14th, 2005, 03:23 PM

Very curious how you happened upon what you were looking for ...

February 4th, 2006, 11:09 PM
hi lofter1,

a friend of a friend of a friend who has an interest in verrazano as well as other sixteenth century discoverers. luckily for me, oxford is full of such people.