Bibliographic Details

The Christopher Columbus encyclopedia / Silvio A. Bedini, editor ; editorial board, David Buisseret ... [et al.].

Imprint New York : Simon & Schuster, c1992.
Description 2 v. (xxii, 787 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Columbus, Christopher -- Encyclopedias.
Columbus, Christopher.
Discoveries in geography.
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Encyclopedias.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Bedini, Silvio A.
Buisseret, David
ISBN 0131426621 (set)
0131426702 (v. 1)
0131426885 (v. 2)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

This encyclopedia contains much useful historical, ethnographic, and archeological information; but it lacks sufficient focus. Coverage sprawls beyond the life of the navigator, his background and impact, to such marginal topics as Naples and Catherine of Aragon. Even the articles on the later Spanish explorers and conquerors belong in a different sort of work. Most of the articles are interesting and useful; but some could have been more clearly thought out, like that on disease, which distances infection from the upheaval caused by conquest and exploitation. There also is excessive repetition, like a separate entry on dead reckoning atop one on navigation. Certain things, however, will not be found readily in other sources. The material on seamanship, the archeological evidence for ships and settlements, the data on Columbus and his family all are made available here. No peculiar theses about the navigator are propounded, and alternative solutions to unsolved problems are presented fairly. The illustrations are well chosen and well presented. What might have been an outstanding reference tool for the study of Columbus appears here as a flawed attempt to cover much of the Age of Exploration. Potentially useful to academic libraries, despite the price and these flaws.-T. M. Izbicki, Johns Hopkins University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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