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The Suma Oriental of Tome Pires The Suma oriental of Tome Pires : An Account of the East, from the Red Sea to China, Written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515 and The book of Francisco Rodrigues Pilot-Major of the Armada that Discovered Banda and the Moluccas Rutter of a Voyage in the Red Sea, Nautical Rules, Almanack and Maps, Written and Drawn in the East Before 1515,8120605993,9788120605992

The Suma Oriental of Tome Pires The Suma oriental of Tome Pires : An Account of the East, from the Red Sea to China, Written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515 and The book of Francisco Rodrigues Pilot-Major of the Armada that Discovered Banda and the Moluccas Rutter of a Voyage in the Red Sea, Nautical Rules, Almanack and Maps, Written and Drawn in the East Before 1515

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Publisher:Asian Educational Services
Published In:2005
ISBN-10:8120605993
ISBN-13:9788120605992
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.51 lbs
Pages:xcvi + 228 Pages, Plates (1 Folded), Maps (Folded)

is written by Armando Cortesao. The publisher of this title is Asian Educational Services.

Contents

Foreword
Introduction :
1. The Paris Codex
2. Biographical Note on Tome Pires
3. The Suma Orietntal
4. The Pilot and Cartographer Francisco Rodrigues
5. The Book of Francisco Rodrigues

The Suma Oriental of Tome Pires :
Preface

FIRST BOOK : EGYPT TO CAMBAY :
1. Egypt to Ormuz
2. Ormuz
3. Persia
4. Nodhakis
5. Rajputs
6. Cambay

SECOND BOOK : CAMBAY TO CEYLON :
1. Deccan
2. Goa
3. Kanara
4. Narsinga
5. Malabar
6. Ceylon

THIRD BOOK : BENGAL TO INDO CHINA :
1. Bengal
2. Arakan
3. Pegu
4. Siam
5. Burma
6. Camboia
7. Champa
8. Cochin China

FOURTH BOOK : CHINA TO BORNEO :
1. China
2. Liu Kiu
3. Japan
4. Borneo
5. Philippines

FIFTH BOOK : INDIAN ARCHIPELAGO :
1. Sumatra
2. Java
3. South-Eastern Islands
4. Banda, Ceram, Amboina
5. Moluccas
6. Central Islands

Introduction

The Paris Codex :
It is surprising that such an important document for the history of geography as Tome Fires' Suma Oriental-surely the most important and complete account of the East produced in the first half of the sixteenth century, though it was written in 1512-15-has lain forgotten and practically unnoticed until now; the more so as incorporated with it in the same codex is the contemporary Book of Francisco Rodrigues with its precious maps which became world-famous in the middle of the last century.

When the Viscount de Santarem reproduced in his last Atlas, dated 1849, a series of twenty-six maps under the general title Portulan dresse entre les annees 1524-1530 par Francisco Rodrigues, pilote portugais, qui a fait le voyage aux Moluques, he did not state where the maps were to be found. The Viscount de Santarem died in 1856, but many of the notes he left on cosmography and cartography, gathered in an almost life-long research among European archives, mainly in Portugal and France, were not published till 1919'. In these notes, under the heading 'Portulano de Francisco Rodrigues', we find an extensive description of Rodrigues' Book which ends with a very brief reference to Fires' Suma Oriental. The description is not altogether correct. It gives, however, a most important clue in a footnote, which says that the codex belonged at the time the description was written (1850) to the 'Library of the National Assembly', Paris. In 1933 I wrote to Paris about this codex and was told that it could not be found anywhere, though it might be in the Bibliotheque Nationale, perhaps catalogued under some unrecognizable title. However, when I visited Paris later, I could not find it in the Bibliotheque Nationale, nor in any of the other public libraries where I searched. No one could trace it, and it was considered lost; but I did not give up, and when in September 1937 I returned to Paris, I was glad to find in the volume Paris, Chambre des Deputes of the Catalogue general des Manuscrits des Bibliotheques Publiques de France, the following entry : '1248 (ED, 19). Journal de Francisco Rois, pilote de la flotte portugaise, qui decouvrit les Molluques. Ouvrage divise en deux parties, la premiere remplie par des cartes, la deuxieme contenant le texte proprement dit. Sur le plat interieur est colle un ex-libris du chevalier de Fleurieu. XVIe siecle. Papier. 178 feuillets et 124 pages. 380 sur 265 millim. Rel. veau marbre, portant au dos le soleil de Fleurieu'. Roi's is the old or abbreviated spelling of Rodrigues. The description is not very correct, as will be seen later, but it led me to the place where the precious and long-sought codex lay in oblivion.

List of Maps & Illustrations

I. Tome Fires' Letter to Afonso de Albuquerque
II. Text of Francisco Rodrigues' Book
III. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 18) of the West Coast of Europe, etc
IV. Suma Oriental, Text in Lisbon and paris MSS
V. Rodrigues Drawing (fol. 43) of Alor
VI. Rodrigues' Voyage to the Spice Islands
VII. Rodrigues' Voyage in the Red Sea
VIII. Rodrigues' Drawing (fol. 58) of Sukur
XI. Rodrigues' Drawing (fol. 54) of Adunare
X. Ensemble of Five Rodrigues' Drawings of Raja Island
XI. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 26) of East Coast of Africa, etc
XII. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 27) of N.E. Coast of Africa, etc
XIII. The West Coast of India according to Fires
XIV. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 28) of the West Coast of India, etc.
XV. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 29) of Ceylon, Malacca, etc
XVI. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 33) of the Bay of Bengal
XVII. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 34) of the Malay Peninsula, etc
XVIII. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 30) of N.E. Coast of Sumatra, etc
XIX. Rodrigues' Sketch (fol. 38) of the Gulf of Tong-King
XX. Rodrigues' Sketch (fol. 39) of South Coast of China, etc
XXI. Rodrigues' Sketch (fol. 40) of the Canton River, etc
XXII. Rodrigues' Sketch (fol. 41) of N.E. Coast of China, etc
XXIII. Rodrigues' Sketch (fol. 42) of Formosa
XXIV. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 35) of Sumatra, Java, etc
XXV. Ensemble of Three of Rodrigues' Drawings of Sumbawa, etc
XXVI. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 36) of Borneo, Bali, etc
XXVII. Rodrigues' Map (fol. 37) of the Spice Islands, etc
Outline Map of the East, showing Tome Fires' Itineraries and the Geographical Names as Mentioned in the Suma Oriental

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