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California absolutely unfit for habitation

[BAEGERT, Jakob]. Nachrichten von der Amerikanische Halbinsel Californien: mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letztere Jahr gelebt hat.
Mannheim, Churfürstliche Hof und Academie Buchdruckerey, 1772. 8vo. With an engraved folding map and two full-page plates engraved by E. Verelst, some woodcut pictorial frames for letters, and several nice woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary half calf. [16], 358 pp.; [1] errata l. Full description
€ 9,500
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Biography of the well-known martyr Ignacio de Azevedo

BEAUVAIS, Gilles-François. La vie du venerable pere Ignace Azevedo, de la Compagnie de Jesus. L'histoire de son martyre, & de celui de trente-neuf autres de la même Compagnie. Le tout tiré des procès-verbaux dressés pour leur canonisation. Dédiée au Roi de Pologne.
Paris, Hippolyte-Louis Guerin, 1744. 12mo. With engraved armorial headpiece above the dedication to King Stanislaus I of Poland. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, gold fillets on board edges. XLIII, [5], 300 pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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Celebrating the feast of Saint Franciscus Xaverius

[BERLANGA, Cristóbal de (editor?)]. Onderwysinghe om met godtvruchtigheydt te houden thien vrydaghen ter eeren van den H. Franciscus Xaverius apostel van Indien ende Japonien, priester der Societeyt Jesu. Seer gebruyckt tot Roomen, ende nu vermeerdert met eenige authentycke mirakelen ende wel-daden geschiedt door de voorsprake vanden selven glorieusen heyligen.
Mechelen, Andreas Jaye, 1698. 8vo. With 3 full-page engraved illustrations by Hendrik Causé, and a woodcut Jesuit device on last page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. 128 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Spectacular contemporary richly embroidered red silk binding filled with decorations made from silver thread containing an unrecorded 1637 German pocket-size devotional book for travellers

[BINDING - EMBROIDERED]. Geistliches Handbüchlein, darin: ... Für die Reijsenden von newen in dise geschmeidige Form geordnet.
Lüneburg, Johann and Heinrich Stern, 1636 (devotional titles and colophon: 1637). 24mo in 8s with horizontal chainlines (10.5 x 6 x 5 cm). With an engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page, both with biblical scenes and the latter with a circular device bearing the Jesuit IHS monogram with motto "Manus domini protegat nos", a letterpress title-page with a small (24 mm) woodcut version of the same Jesuit device (with a larger - 30 mm - version on the verso of the last leaf), 5 divisional titles (all dated 1637: 3 with Johann and Heinrich Sterns imprint) with borders built up from typographic ornaments (that for the Latin Cantica from a series of balls and oblong spheroids, the other 4 arabesque), and a few other, mostly arabesque, decorations. Set in a tiny (44 mm/20 line or 6.5 point) Schwabacher type with the Latin passages in roman and italic. Contemporary red silk over bevelled wooden boards, both boards and the spine filled with relief decorations in a wide variety of filigree and other lavishly embroidered patterns in silver thread, a single silver peg and ring fastening with the clasp in the form of two clasped right hands, with the initials ".M.C.M. & M.C.B." on the back, and a decorative catch-plate and anchor plate, gilt and richly gauffered edges. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page plus [6], 155, 53, 18, 97, [1]; 24, 106, 46, 176, [6]; 44, 104, [4] pp. Full description
€ 7,000
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The important letters from Japan, 1615-1627 in the first and only edition in French

BONELLI, Jean-Baptist & Jean VIREAU (ed. & translator). Histoire de ce qui s'est passe au royaume du Japon, es annees 1625, 1626, & 1627.
Paris, S. Cramoisy, 1633. 8vo. Woodcut printer's device & head pieces. 19th-century green morocco, spine gilt , triple gilt lines along the edges of covers, (Emile ROUSELLES & Auguste FONTAINE). [7] 1 blank, 465 (=485) pp. Full description
€ 17,500
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The Jesuits in Japan

CRASSET, Jean. Außführliche Geschicht der in den äussersten Welt-Theil gelegenen japonesischen Kirch, ...
Augsburg, Franz Anton Ilger (printed by Anton Maximilian Heiss), 1738. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With title-page printed in red and black, and 9 etched plates by Joseph Anton Zimmermann; woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. [24], 534; “559” [= 555], [1 blank]. Full description
€ 3,950
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Only Portuguese edition of Crasset's history of the Jesuits in Japan, the only edition with a map of Japan

CRASSET, Jean and Maria Antonia de Saõ Boaventura MENEZES (translator). Historia da Igreja do Japaõ, . . .
Lisbon, Manoel da Sylva (vols. 1-2), Manoel Soares (vol. 3), 1749-1751. 3 volumes. 4to. With 5 folding engraved plates, 1 folding engraved map of Japan (28×42 cm) and 1 engraved illustration in the text. Contemporary tanned sheepkin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 9,000
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