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Colombo Fernand
Denmark

Found Colombo’s book 2000 page booklet

Ferdinand Columbus wasn’t interested in exploring like his father. He devoted himself to books and collected a unique collection.

The boy was only four years old when his father, Christopher Columbus, crossed the Atlantic in 1492 and arrived in the Eastern European islands as the first European.

found Colombo's book
Fernand Colombo’s book

When his father explored, the boy possessed his life for books. Ferdinand Columbus learned to write and read and became a bibliographer with a passion for literature and his collection.

Found Colombo’s book

Five hundred years ago, he wanted to create a huge collection of books, the largest library of all time.

He bought books, manuscripts, pamphlets and posters during his travels through Europe. The collection has become one of the largest in Europe, with an estimated 15,000 items. The collection was made possible by the property inherited from the father.

A precious book on old books

Ferdinand was also a pioneer in recording information.

Since there were many books, it was impossible for him to know what they contained. That’s why he hired people to read his books and write summaries.

The information was compiled as a work called Libro de los Epitomes. His purpose was to help find books in a huge library.

So the work has disappeared for centuries.

In March this year, the Arnamagna Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, published a newsletter on its website (we will go to another service): the catalog has been found!

He was forgotten in a place where no one thought he would even look. The Book of Epitomes was discovered in the Institute’s collection (another service is passed), composed mainly of Icelandic writings.

Nearly two thousand books have been written in Latin and there are about two thousand pages.

The discovery was written by a number of foreign media, including the British The Guardian (moving to another service) and the US NPR (moving to another service).

Part of life’s work has been destroyed

Ferdinand Columbus died at the age of 50 in 1539. He was buried in the Spanish cathedral of Seville, as well as his father.

The boy’s life was left with drops. Only a part of the large library has survived. The work was stolen, destroyed and some suffered water damage. The remaining collection is currently kept in the Colombina Library in Seville (you move to another service).

In some books only the annoyed pages of the catalog that appeared again appeared.

What about the long-lost and surprisingly found libretto?

Subsequently, the Latin text of the Book of Epitomes is translated. The book is also digitized to make it accessible to everyone.

The work should last seven years.

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