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Relation curieuse et nouvelle d'un voyage de Congo. Fait és années 1666. & 1667. Par les RR. PP. Michel Ange de Gattine, & Denys de Carli de Plaisance, capucins & missionaires apostolique audit royaume de Congo.Lyon, Thomas Amaulry, 1680. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Re-backed.
Borba de Moraes p. 153; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe 3074; cf. Sabin 10909. The first French translation of a vividly written and very successful work that recounts the missionary voyage of 2 Italian Capuchin Fathers to Congo (1667-1669). It consists of letters written by Michele Angelo Guattini to his father during their voyage to Luanda (Angola), together with an account of their mission by his companion Dionigi de Carli. The Fathers sailed from Lisbon and called at Pernambuco, where they spent several months (which are described in full detail in Guattini's letters). When Guattini died shortly after their arrival at Luando, Carli continued the mission and graphically describes Congo's culture and natural history. Crossing the Atlantic between Africa and Brazil in a slave ship, he returned to Italy in 1669. Guattini's letters include noteworthy descriptions of Pernambuco "and the second known account of the city of Recife after the expulsion of the Dutch" (Borba de Moraes). Carli's description of his Atlantic crossing, moreover, provides rare details on the atrocities of the slave trade. The ship carried no fewer than 630 slaves, including children, transported "come il pesce ne'barili" (like fish in a barrel).Blank lower corner of title-page restored and some occasional spotting. Missionary voyage to Congo with an account of Pernambuco in good condition.
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