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Natural history of the West Indies

Author: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés; Sterling A Stoudemire
Publisher: Chapel Hill (N.C.) : Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina, [2018]
Series: North Carolina studies in the Romance languages and literatures, no. 32.
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Where the only previous translations of Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo's Natural History of the West Indies (1555 and 1625) are now unreadable, Sterling A. Stoudemire's translated edition offers this foundational text to the modern reader in an accessible format. The original text, published in 1525, is a beautiful Gothic example of the early Spanish-American chronicle, and is of great rarity. It offers the eyewitness  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works
Early accounts to 1600
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Gonzalo, 1478-1557.
Natural history of the West Indies.
Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press [1959]
(OCoLC)610367253
Print version:
Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Gonzalo, 1478-1557.
Natural history of the West Indies.
Chapel Hill (N.C.) : Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina, [2018]
(DLC) 59063487
(OCoLC)1609075
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés; Sterling A Stoudemire
ISBN: 9781469645636 1469645637
OCLC Number: 1057893493
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; NATURAL HISTORY OF THE WEST INDIES; Title; Copyright; FOREWORD; CONTENTS; Editor's Introduction; Oviedo's Natu.ral History of the West Indies; Glossary of Place Names; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover.
Series Title: North Carolina studies in the Romance languages and literatures, no. 32.
Other Titles: Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias.
Responsibility: by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo ; translated and edited by Sterling A. Stoudemire.

Abstract:

Where the only previous translations of Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo's Natural History of the West Indies (1555 and 1625) are now unreadable, Sterling A. Stoudemire's translated edition offers this foundational text to the modern reader in an accessible format. The original text, published in 1525, is a beautiful Gothic example of the early Spanish-American chronicle, and is of great rarity. It offers the eyewitness account of a true historian and naturalist, and is the source of some of Europe's first descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Americas. Stoudemire offers comprehensive introductory material on the author of the text and its writing, drawing not only on the original text, but the excellent work of Enrique Alvarez Lopez, a naturalist who has published excellent versions of the Natural History in modern Spanish. This leads Stoudemire's English version to be a beautiful rendition that is both accurate and readable. It presents the heart of Oviedo's work without the interminable unpunctuated sentences of the original, and as such is an excellent introduction to both the Chronicle as a genre, and to Oviedo's oeuvre.

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