Histoire naturelle des Indes. The Drake manuscript in The Pierpont Morgan Library.... Foreward by Patrick O'Brian. Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Translations by Ruth Kraemer. New York & London: W. W. Norton and Company, 1996.
"In 1983, The Morgan Library & Museum received, as the bequest of Clara S. Peck, an extraordinary volume whose beautiful paintings and descriptions document the plant, animal, and human life of the Caribbean late in the sixteenth century. Spaniards had already begun to exert influence over the indigenous people of the area when explorers from England and France arrived, among them Sir Francis Drake. The volume, known as the Drake Manuscript and titled Histoire Naturelle des Indes when it was bound in the eighteenth century, gives us a wonderful picture of daily life at the time of Drake's many visits to the region. Although Drake's connection to the manuscript is uncertain, he is mentioned on more than one occasion by the authors. Drake himself is known to have painted, but none of his work survives." Digital facsimile of the original manuscript from The Morgan Library & Museum at this link.
Subjects: BOTANY, COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › Caribbean, COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › Latin America, NATURAL HISTORY