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Book/Printed Material Journal of Magellan's Voyage.

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  • Journal of Magellan's Voyage.


  • This manuscript volume, dating from around 1525, details Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world in 1519-22. The work is attributed to Antonio Pigafetta, a Venetian scholar who was born in Vincenza, Italy, around 1490 and who accompanied Magellan on the voyage. Pigafetta kept a detailed journal, the original of which is lost. However, an account of the voyage, written by Pigafetta between 1522 and 1525, survives in four manuscript versions: one in Italian and three in French. This version, in French, is from the library of Yale University, and is the most complete and handsomely produced of the four surviving manuscripts. It includes 23 beautifully drawn and illuminated maps. Pigafetta's work is important not only as a source of information about the voyage itself, but also includes an early Western description of the people and languages of the Philippines. Of the approximately 240 men who set out with Magellan, Pigafetta was one of only 18 who returned to Spain. Magellan himself was killed, on April 27, 1521, in a battle on Mactan Island, the Philippines, which Pigafetta witnessed and recounts in this work.


  • Pigafetta, Antonio, 1480?-1534? Author.

Created / Published

  • France : [publisher not identified], [1522 to 1525]


  • -  Italy
  • -  Spain
  • -  Philippines
  • -  1519 to 1522
  • -  Description and travel
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Magalhães, Fernão de, died 1521
  • -  Voyages around the world


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Parchment (fine), folios i (paper) + ii (parchment) + i (original parchmentflyleaf) + 98 (foliated 2-99) + ii (parchment) + i (paper); hand-colored; 276 x 184 (195 x 122) millimeters (28 centimeters).
  • -  Original resource at: Yale University Library.
  • -  Content in French.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667606

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Pigafetta, Antonio, 1480?-1534? Author. Journal of Magellan's Voyage. [France: Publisher Not Identified, to 1525, 1522] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Pigafetta, A. (1522) Journal of Magellan's Voyage. [France: Publisher Not Identified, to 1525] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Pigafetta, Antonio, 1480?-1534? Author. Journal of Magellan's Voyage. [France: Publisher Not Identified, to 1525, 1522] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.