Scelta di lettere edificanti, scritte dalle missioni straniere. Preceduta da quadri geografici storici, politici, religiosi e letterari de' paesi de missione, accresciuta di un ragguaglio storico sulle missioni straniere di nuove lettere edificanti ed altri scelti pezzi. JESUIT LETTERS, Abbé Jean Baptiste MONTMIGNON.
Scelta di lettere edificanti, scritte dalle missioni straniere. Preceduta da quadri geografici storici, politici, religiosi e letterari de' paesi de missione, accresciuta di un ragguaglio storico sulle missioni straniere di nuove lettere edificanti ed altri scelti pezzi...
Scelta di lettere edificanti, scritte dalle missioni straniere. Preceduta da quadri geografici storici, politici, religiosi e letterari de' paesi de missione, accresciuta di un ragguaglio storico sulle missioni straniere di nuove lettere edificanti ed altri scelti pezzi...

Scelta di lettere edificanti scritte dalle Missioni straniere…
Scelta di lettere edificanti, scritte dalle missioni straniere. Preceduta da quadri geografici storici, politici, religiosi e letterari de' paesi de missione, accresciuta di un ragguaglio storico sulle missioni straniere di nuove lettere edificanti ed altri scelti pezzi...

Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.

Eighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers.

Original wrappers: with over one hundred coloured engravings

Scarce in the original wrappers: this series of reports from Jesuit missionaries around the world offers an ethnological portrayal of native peoples encountered during missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Taking the form of collected letters and despatches with numerous maps and over 100 hand coloured engravings, this set is noteworthy for its visual depiction of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Four volumes specifically concern the cultures of North and South America: the first is entirely devoted to Canada, while the remaining three contain discrete sections on Louisiana, California, San Domingo, Guiana, Peru, Chile and Paraguay. In addition to the missionary correspondence, each section includes description of the culture, history and geography of each region. In total the four American volumes contain 22 hand coloured engraving and two folding maps.

Scarce in the original wrappers: this series of reports from Jesuit missionaries around the world offers an ethnological portrayal of native peoples encountered during missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Taking the form of collected letters and despatches with numerous maps and over 100 hand coloured engravings, this set is noteworthy for its visual depiction of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Four volumes specifically concern the cultures of North and South America: the first is entirely devoted to Canada, while the remaining three contain discrete sections on Louisiana, California, San Domingo, Guiana, Peru, Chile and Paraguay. In addition to the missionary correspondence, each section includes description of the culture, history and geography of each region. In total the four American volumes contain 22 hand coloured engraving and two folding maps.

China is generously examined over the first five volumes, and many fascinating Jesuit despatches from the Imperial Court appear here. Throughout the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Jesuit scholars enjoyed favour with the Emperor and his Court, and were especially admired for their prowess in astronomy and mathematics. The five volumes concerning China contain a total of 29 engravings and a detailed map. The remaining regions revealed include 'the Levant' – here used in an expanded sense to encompass the vast geography of North Africa, the Middle East and Persia. One volume concerns the kingdoms of Southeast Asia including Tonkin and Siam, while the final four volumes are devoted to India.

Various editions of Jesuit reports were published: this derives from one of the French-language collections edited by the Abbé Montmignon but is much more extensive than his "Choix des Lettres édifiantes et curieuses" (Paris, 1808), and is heavily illustrated.

Sabin 40706; not in Lowendahl or Lust despite Chinese content.

Price (AUD): $8,850.00  other currencies Ref: #4211248

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