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GUERREIRO, Fernão - SUAREZ DE FIGUEROA, Christoval
Historia y anal relacion de las cosas que hizieron los Padres de la Compañia de Iesus, por las partes de Oriente y otras, en la propagacion del Santo Euangelio, los años passados de 607 y 608.
Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1614. (Colophon 1613)
4º (207 x 153 mm.) Contemporary limp vellum (binding disjointed).
8 ll. inc. title page with large wood engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee, Don Geronimo Corella y Mendoza, 566 pp., one leaf (colophon).
First Spanish edition of an important account of the Jesuit missions in Japan, South-east Asia, India, the East Indies, West Africa and Ethiopia in the years 1607 and 1608.
It is divided into five books, the first four being translated from the Portuguese account by Fernão Guerreiro “Relaçam annal das cousas que fizeram os padres da Companhia de Jesus” published in 1611. The fifth is an original composition by Christoval Suárez de Figueroa.
The work covers the Missionaries Relations and news concerning Japan, Goa (including accounts of the New Mission founded in Mozambique, the Mission of Mogor, father Manuel Piñeyro’s journey from Lahore to Goa and Cambay, the discovery of Cathay and the state of Ethiopia), Cochin (news from the colleges at Cranganor, Coulan, Colombo, Malaca and Maluco, the Pegu Residency and the Siam Mission), Sierra Leona and Guinea Coast and an additional account of the happenings in Ethiopia.
“Aside from the usual descriptions of conversions and persecutions, the materials on Japan contain details on Mount Fuji, on the journey from Osaka to Nagasaki, and on some smaller places rarely mentioned in earlier writings” - (Lach III p. 318).
Palau 323907 & 109894; Nicolas Antonio, Bibliotheca Hispana Nova. vol. 1, p. 251; Iberian Books B4956; Vindel “Manual del Bibliofilo Hispano-Americano” vol. 9, nº 2912; Sommervogel III, Col. 1915; Cordier, Japonica 259; Streit V, 183.
A very nice and genuine copy from the library of the Marquis of Vilueña.
Very light water stain at lower right corner of the last pages.