Toscanelli and Columbus: Letters to Sir Clements R. Markham and to C. Raymond Beazley, With an Introductory Note and the Bibliography of This Controversy (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Toscanelli and Columbus: Letters to Sir Clements R. Markham and to C. Raymond Beazley, With an Introductory Note and the Bibliography of This Controversy

I had resolved not to reply any further to those who had so easily criticised my book by bandying from one to the other the same arguments; but I have felt compelled to make exceptions for the two reviews in T/ze Times and T lze Guardian, firstly, because of their authors'' high distinction, and, secondly, because they brought forward weighty argu ments which I was bound to answer.

If, as Mr Beazley asserts, the Portuguese were seeking the route to the East Indies, even earlier than 1474, the fundamental proof of my proposition, the one that constitutes the starting-point of all the others, would be annihilated. Were it true, as Sir Clements Markham thinks, that Columbus set sail from Palos with the great design of seeking the Indies, the question of the authenticity of the Toscanelli correspondence would be devoid of all interest.

Were these facts so, serious workers would have a severe account to settle with me, for having disturbed their studies and wasted their time, by intruding upon them a question devoid of all foundation; and, far from being, as Mr Beazley amiably describes it, a suggestive monograph treated with great ingenuity, or, as Sir Clements Markham has honoured me by calling it, a learned and interesting work -my book would deserve no better fate than to be committed to the ?ames. But neither on the first nor the second of these points do I fear the final judgment of my judges.

As to the first point I shall add nothing to what I say here: the subject is exhausted.

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