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De vita S. Francisci Xaverii, qui primus - Torsellino, Orazio - 1545. 
An important, early biography (here in a later edition) of the great Renaissance figure St. Francis Xavier. Torsellino (1545-99) entered the Society of Jesus at age 18, went on to serve in a variety of capacities in Rome, Florence, and Loretto, and is the author of a number of important books, including the present work and an edition of St. Francis Xavier's letters. His biography of St. Francis (1506-52), the great Jesuit missionary to the East Indies and Japan and => the order's first great martyr, appeared for the first time in 1594. Produced in his absence, it was full of errors: He quickly issued a corrected edition and several subsequent printings occurred, including translations from the Latin into German, English, Spanish, Flemish, French, and Hungarian. Searches of OCLC and the NUC reveal => no U.S. libraries holding this "centennial" edition.
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