Old Book – From Lisbon To Calicut 1956
Title- From Lisbon To Calicut 1956
Commentary and notes- John Parker
Publishers- Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford Press, London
Year – 1956
Dimension- 8¼ x 5½ inch
This book is a commentary and translation on the first historic maritime journey outside Europe. European countries in the middle ages scrambled to find the source of the valuable spice- pepper that was traded in Europe for centuries. A closely guarded secret kept by the Arab spice traders that regularly visited Portugal. But disclosed after threats and intimidation by the Portuguese.
With King’s blessings and much help Vasco Da Gama and Portuguese crew set sail halfway around the world in 1497 to reach India. To the unexplored land of Calicut or Kozhikode on the Malabar Coast by way of maritime route. For pepper that was much prized in Europe. Vasco Da Gama the captain of the expedition landed in Calicut, India in 1497. They were well received on arrival by the Zamorin- the hereditary monarch of the Kingdom of Kozhikode- with great hospitality. Read more- What really happened when Vasco Da Gama set foot in India.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#13)., Bombay University Convocation Hall – Old Photo 1890., Vasco Da Gama Before The Zamorin Calicut – Old Postcard., Antique Plan – Taking of The City of Cochin 1744