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1643 - The first Jesuit explorations and discoveries in the East and West Indies. 1643. Madrid. Maria de Quiñones. In folio (280 mm x 196 mm). 1 [blank] + engraved frontispiece + 6 ff. + 804 + 1 [blank]. Handsome contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, ties as fragments, text block re-attached, else entirely genuine condition. A fine, fresh, and tall copy; about 20 ff. with restored worm-hole, touching some letters, hardly perceptible. First edition. The first work of a series of 4 –although complete-, and arguably the most significant for the biographies included in it. It is a compendium of the explorations, travels, discoveries, and evolution of the Jesuits, during the period of their most significant expansion. “This work having been published at different periods during the space of almost a century. The interest of the work, excluding some ‘jesuitical chaff’, is not inferior to its rarity, as it contains accounts of many early voyages to the Indies, not elsewhere to be found” (Sabin). Dedicated to Ines de Guzman, Marquis of Alcañizes. Most copies do not contain the rare engraved frontispiece, showing members of the Order being handed a Cross by Jesus Christ, with Saint Loyola receiving it, flanked by his succeeding Generals. It contains the biographies of some of the first Jesuits to travel the East and West Indies, including: Ignacio de Azevedo -martyred in Brazil with 39 companions-, Francisco Perez Godoy -one of Azevedo’s 39 companions-, Pedro Diaz and eleven Jesuits martyred on the way to Brazil with Azevedo, Joseph of Anchieta -the Apostle of Brazil, who spent 44 years with the Indians, Gaspar Barceo –who worked mainly in India-, Pedro Carnicio “Hammer of the Heretics”, Mateo Ricci –one of the first to visit China, and of remarkably importance for the history and progress of the Order in the region-, Juan Nuñez Barreto (worked in Tetuan, Morocco, outstanding for his work amongst Muslims). Begins with the biographies the first Generals of the Order: Ignacio de Loyola, Diego Lainez, and Francisco de Borja, with their efforts to give the Society a place in the Vatican and permission to evangelize abroad, in the newly discovered lands. Sabin, 55269. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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