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Relation des progrez de la Foy au Royaume de la Cochinchine vers les derniers quartiers du Levant. Envoie? au R.P. General de la Compagnie de Jesus.Paris, Sebastien and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652. Small 8vo (17 x 11 cm). Modern boards.
Cordier, Indosinica, col. 1921; De Backer & Sommervogel VI, col. 1719, no. 5. First edition, in French, of an account of Cochin China (now southern Vietnam) and the Jesuit missionary work there, by Father Alexander de Rhodes (Avignon 1591 or 1593 - Isfahan in Persia 1660). Although Rhodes had published an account of Cochin China in Italian in 1650 (see below), the present edition is not simply a translation and appears to include material not found in the earlier work. It was prepared for the press by the Jesuit Jacques de Machault (1599-1676 or 1678) at Caen, who signed the 7-page dedication to Princess Marie LĂ©onor de Rohan and may have written the unsigned "avant-propos". Perhaps he combined information from the Italian work with information from other sources, but the fact that the text is signed by Rhodes from Macao in 1645, while he signed the preliminaries to the 1650 publication from Rome in 1650, suggests that Machault may have worked from a manuscript.With the title-page somewhat worn, but otherwise in very good condition. A first-hand Jesuit account of Vietnam, with a somewhat mysterious origin.
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