Fair highlight from Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher
Guerreiro, Fernão and Matteo Ricci. Historischer Bericht, was sich in dem grossen, und nun je lenger je mehr bekandten Königreich China, in Verkündigung deß H. Evangelii und Fortpflantzung des catholischen Glaubens, von 1604. und volgenden Jaren, denckwürdigs zugetragen. Augsburg, Chrysostomus Dabertzhofer 1611. 4to. , 131, [1 w.] S. Recased in 19th-century half vellum, shell-marbled boards, marbled edges. Some stains on the title-page, browned throughout, otherwise in good condition.
First German edition of the sections on China in Guerreiro's Relaçam Annal for 1604/05 and 1606/07, originally published in Portuguese at Lisbon in 1607 and 1609. It gives a report of the state of missionary work in China generally, and more specifically of the activities of the Jesuit College at Macao and the missions at Beijing, Nanchang and Shaozhou (Shaoguan). It includes communications from Ricci, Longobardus, Pantoja, Manuel Dias and others, followed by a 1607 letter from Ricci, translated from the Italian edition published at Rome (pp. 104-131) with more details on the three missions. The Augsburg printer adds a 5-page dedication to the Bishop of Augsburg and two notes to the reader. Valuable contemporary accounts of the early work of the Jesuits in China. - De Backer & Sommervogel III, col. 1914; Cordier, Sinica, col. 805; James Ford Bell Lib. G-844; VD17 23:238652M.