Nature in the New World

From Christopher Columbus to Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

This book glows with the fully assimilated learning of the polymath Gerbi, whose command and understanding of the literature of various cultures enlightens every page. Neither a notice nor a full-fledged review could do justice either to the brilliance of the book or to the felicity of Moyle's translation. The book must be read to be appreciated.
Early American Literature

In Nature in the New World (translated 1985), Antonello Gerbi examines the fascinating reports of the first Europeans to see the Americas. These accounts provided the basis for the images of strange and new flora, fauna, and human creatures that filled European imaginations.

Initial chapters are devoted to the writings of Columbus, Vespucci, Cortés, Verrazzano, and others. The second portion of the book concerns the Historia general y natural de las Indias of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, a work commissioned by Charles V of Spain in 1532 but not published in its entirety until the 1850s. Antonello Gerbi contends that Oviedo, a Spanish administrator who lived in Santo Domingo, has been unjustly neglected as a historian. Gerbi shows that Oviedo was a major authority on the culture, history, and conquest of the New World.

480 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

June, 2010

isbn : 9780822960805

about the authors

Antonello Gerbi

Antonello Gerbi (1904-1976) was a specialist on the history of political ideology and the author of several books, including The Dispute of the New World: The History of a Polemic, 1750-1900.

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Antonello Gerbi
Jeremy Moyle

Jeremy Moyle is a former professor of Italian at a number of universities in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as a full-time translator and director of the English translation division at the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels.

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Jeremy Moyle