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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.
€ 1,950
Second edition of the Dutch translation of a manual on how to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552), the Spanish pioneering Roman Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, translated from the original Italian by a member of the Jesuit Society. The text is generally attributed to Cristóbal de Berlanga. Included at the end is a laudatory poem on Xavier, accompanied by a plate depicting Xavier on his deathbed in a hut on the island Shangchuan. The other plates show the relics of Xavier's right arm in the Collegium Societatis Jesu at Mechelen and Xavier standing on a pedestal before a church, surrounded by a kneeling crowd who worship him, engraved after a painting at the Collegium at Machelen. The latter is followed by a poem explaining the image and describing some of Xavier's miracles.
With a bookplate on paste-down, a contemporary inscription of the Jesuit Society of Ghent on the title-page and an owner's inscription on the first flyleaf. Binding slightly worn, spine damaged at the foot. Overall in very good condition. BCNI 15722; Thieme & Becker VI, p. 205; cf. De Backer & Sommervogel IX, col. 1219.
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