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The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents. Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610 - 1791. The original French, Latin and Italian texts,with English translations and notes, illustrated by portraits, maps and facsimiles.
New York. Pageant Book Company. 1959.. Fine. Hardcover. Book 8vo, 23cm, facsimile reprint limited to 500 sets, 73 volumes in 36., black cloth, crimson title panels and gilt titles, top edges red, a fine clean set. () Jesuit Relations (Relations des jsuites), the voluminous annual documents sent from the Canadian mission of the French Jesuits of the Society of Jesus to its Paris office, 1632 - 1673, compiled by missionaries at their stations in New France (America) between 1632 and1673, edited by their Quebec superior, and printed in France by Sebastien Cramoisy. As a result of Cardinal Richelieu's decision to enlist the Jesuits in colonizing French North America, the early history of settlement was systematically and colourfully documented by priests attempting to convert the Indians and also to attract support at home for their project. The journals and letters of Paul Le Jeune, Jerome Lalemant, Jean De Brebeuf and Paul Ragueneau, among others, dramatize tribal warfare in Huronia and the day-to-day life of colonists in Acadia; these are supplemented by relations of Jesuit participation in colonial matters throughout the New World. Invaluable as ethnographic and documentary sources, the Jesuit Relations were avidly and widely read in the 18th century, along with the works of Cartier and Champlain, as exciting travel literature. Published originally in Paris in annual volumes, they were translated and edited by R. G. Thwaites in 73 volumes as The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France 1610-1791 (1896-1901; limited to 750 sets), reprinted in 1959, presenting annotated parallel versions of his translations and the French, Latin and Italian original texts. See bibliography by J. C. McCoy, Jesuit Relations of Canada, 1632-1673(1937, repr. 1973). They are invaluable as historical sources for French exploration and Indian relations and also as a record of the various Indian tribes of the region before the influence of settlers and missionaries had changed them. .
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