CAPTAIN ENRICO ALBERTO D'ALBERTIS
(1846-1932), Rare ALS, 2 pgs. Dated Genoa, November 15, 1911 (7 1/4" x 5 1/2") on his personal stationary with Castle D'Albertis letterhead. An Italian Navy officer, Genoese seaman and Explorer, deeply rooted in his own culture and open to the discovery of others. He re-travelled over the routes of Columbus, and wrote fascinating travel adventure novels. He roamed the world and traveled to America, visiting San Francisco, California, in the late 1800s. He then journeyed overland by mule train and came to an area that forms the present day Hopi Indian Reservation. In 1886 he acquired the ruins of the bastion of Montegalletto in Genoa, opposite the Forte San Giorgio on the 15th-century town-walls. He had rebuilt the bastion as a castle in medieval style: the Castello d'Albertis. The building shows many architectonic elements of emblematic buildings of the former Genoa, and antique marbles, a splendid portal of 15th century, one gun of the 1500's found in the dock, and a multitude of works of art. But the castle was also expression of D'Albertis's devotion to Columbus, to whom numerous works of art and several elements refer. He had gathered his great archaeological and ethnographical collections from his countless journeys to Africa, the Americas, South East Asia and Oceania.
From COLLECTION OF ITALIAN HISTORY: 1848-1938