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LOPEZ, Gregorio.

Lettera annua della Provincia delle Filippine dell'anno MDCVIII.

      Bartolomeo Zanetti,, Rome, 1611 - 8vo. Later limp vellum with gilt title on spine, later endleaves. Woodcut 'IHS' vignette on title, woodcut initials. 124 pp. Very rare first Italian edition of the annual report and letter on the events that had taken place in the Philippines during the year 1608, especially regarding the Jesuit mission there. It is one of the earliest works published in the West solely devoted to the Philippines. The letter (pp. 3-124) reflects on the dramatic strides made by the Jesuits in the first decade of the 17th century and the corresponding increase in European interest in the region. The letter treats a.o the difficulties with the Muslims in the 'Pintados' (the Bisayan islands) and in Mindanao, the invasion of the Dutch into the region, the crocodile plague in Taitai, Indians in Santiago, the island Bohol and the mission in Ottona. Lach lists the present work among the earliest separate Jesuit letters entirely devoted to the Philippines, characterizing them all as 'exceedingly rare'. Gregorio Lopez (1561-1614) arrived in Manila in 1601 and made Philippine history by serving as the region's first Provincial, the highest-ranking administrative post, holding this office from 1605 until 1612. He was instrumental in suppressing the Chinese rebellion of 1603 and in dramatically increasing the eucdational activities of the Colleges of Manila and Ceb├╣. Very good copy.- (Occ. foxing). De Backer-Sommervogel IV.1948; Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe, III.1.373; Streit V.253 (#720); Palau 140.000; H. de la Costa, The Jesuits in the Philippines, p. 629; NUC lists 2 copies; not in Griffin nor Tavera. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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