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Recherches historiques sur l'état de religion Chrétienne au Japon, relativement à la Nation Hollandoise.London, Paris, Couturier, 1778. 12mo. Modern marbled boards.
Cordier, Japonica, col. 443; ESTC T147442. First separate edition, in the original French, of a work on Christianity in Japan by the controversial Dutch politician Onno Zwier van Haren (1713-1779). Zwier van Haren tries to answer several questions about the relation between the persecutions of Christians and the arrival of the Dutch in Japan: "Are there still Christians in Japan?" and "Were there European Christians who spat on and trampled on images of Christ and Mary in Japan?". Apparently these were stories that reached (and worried) Europe. Zwier van Haren deals with these question very clearly, however, he uses his information and facts quite selectively, as his main goal is to restore the bad reputation of the Dutch.Some faint thumbing to the last page and some minor waterdamage to the lower right corner of the first three leaves, otherwise in very good condition.
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