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Ramusio, Giovanni Battista, 1485-1557.

Terzo volume delle nauigationi et viaggi nel quale si contengono le nauigationi al Mondo Nuouo.

Venice: Heirs of Lucantonio Giunti, 1556

Physical Description: 6, 34, 455 leaves: ill., coat of arms, maps, plans; 31cm. (fol.)

Call number: H550/ R184n/ 1-size/ v.3 (2 copies)

Accession number: 01789, 1297

Notes: Contains two vocabulary lists of Iroquoian language(s) from “Nuoua Francia”: “Linguaggio della terra nuouamenta scoperta chiamata la nuoua Francia” (leaf 440 verso) and “linguaggio de’ paesi & reami di Hochelaga & Canada da noi chiamata la nuoua Francia” (leaf 453 recto and verso). The two lists, of approximately 60 and 100 entries, respectively, have some overlap but differing phonetic transcriptions. Italian terms and Huron / Laurentian / Wyandot equivalents, printed in four columns, include numbers 1-10, human body parts, everyday objects, natural phenomena, and practical phrases. A French-Wyandot vocabulary containing the same vocabulary and similar phonetic transcriptions found in Ramusio’s second list appears in Cartier, Discours du voyage, Rouen, 1585. The Italian version is itself apparently translated from an unpublished French manuscript. Contains index. Compiled by Giovanni Battista Ramusio; “tradotte di lingua spagnuola & francese nella nostra, & raccolte in questo volume.” JCB has 2 copies.

Digital facsimile copy of book available. Volume 3, copy 2, here.

Languages: Laurentian / Wyandot

Genre: Vocabulary

Region: North America