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[China, Philippines, Japan] Ribadeneira, Marcelo de.
Historia de las Islas del Archipielago, y reynos dela gran China, Tartaria, Cuchinchina, Malaca, Sian, Camboxa y Jappon, y de lo sucedido en ellos a los Religiosos Descalcos
1601. Barcelona. Gabriel Graells & Giraldo Dotil. 4to, (190 x 140 mm). 6 ff., 728 pp. Near contemporary vellum, red lettering piece to spine, light foxing, excellent condition. A fine copy overall, some mild damp staining and toning, scattered spotting.- First edition, very rare, early and influential history of progress of European settlements in South East Asia, namely China, Siam, the Philippines and Cambodia; the account is centered around Franciscan activity in the region, and includes significant details on the Philippines, the first printed account of Angkor, the persecution of Christians in Japan, and a considerable Chinese section -comprised in pp. 93-144. Little is known about Ribadeneira, except those details surrounding his missionary work in Asia as a Franciscan Priest, and his writings. From Santiago de Compostela his superiors sent him to the Philippines, from where he was commissioned to go to Japan in an expedition composed by Agustin Rodriguez, Geronimo de Jesus, Andres de San Antonio, and himself; they landed near Nagasaki arrived in 1594, from there Ribadeneira went to Osaka, and remained in Japan until 1597, when persecutions started, returning to Manila in 1598 after escaping via Macao. Once back in Manila he was charged with giving testimony of the state of Christendom and his experiences in Japan. In the same year he returned to Spain via Mexico, proving the King with an account of the journey and missionary efforts. The inquisition opened a case to Ribadeneira regarding some of the contents in this work, which caused him to have to go to Rome … [Click Below for Full Description]
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