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Carta del P. Pedro Lozano, de la Compañia de Jesus, de la Provincia del Paraguay, escrita al P. Bruno Morales
First edition. An extremely rare relation written by the Chronicler of the Society of Jesus in Paraguay, addressed to Father Bruno Morales; it "Describes José de Quiroga's expedition to the Patagonian coasts" (European Americana 747/105). The relation describes the expedition sent out by the Governor of the River Plate, Jose Andonaegui (1685 - 1761), in 1745, to the Patagonia; the group included the Jesuit Priests Jose Quiroga, Jose Cardiel, and Matias Strobel, on board the ship San Antonio, commanded by Joaquin Olivares y Centeno. Adonaegui was an unusually active Governor, who amongst other appointments, was in charge of conducting the Guarani's to Portuguese Jurisdiction, under the 1750 Treaty. The expedition aimed to expand the commercial frontiers of Buenos Aires and explore the riches of the vast Patagonian region, up to then virtually untouched. Under his auspices, the first expeditions south of Buenos Aires, only inhabited by hostile natives, took place, laying the ground for future settlements and interest. The expeditionary´s reached Puerto Deseado in January 1746, and from there went further south, exploring the San Julian bay, the River Coig and other areas; they returned to Buenos Aires in April of the same year. Later, Father Cardiel would join Falkner in his mission to the Patagonia. Lozano (1697 - 1752) was a Jesuit missionary and historian, heavily involved with the activities of the Jesuits in America; he travelled to Paraguay when only 17, where he attended the Colegio Maximo de Cordoba, applying himself to philosophy, theology, and history. By the first half of the 18th century, he was appointed historian to the Jesuits. Lozano authored the "Descripcion chorographica del Terreno, Rios, Arboles y Animales de las dilatadissimas Provincias del Gran Chaco Gualamba" (1733), the "Historia de la Compañía de Jesús en la Provincia del Paraguay" (1754), and the Historia de las revoluciones del Paraguay. The rarity is considerable, no copy has appeared on the market since the 1968, and Sabin speculates that it was likely "printed for private distribution only". Medina, BHA, 7227, Palau, 142976, Sabin, 42597 (all re the 56-page edition).
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