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Letters from the Jesuit mission in Japan and the East Indies

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.].
Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Leuven, Rutger Velpius, 1570. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Each part with woodcut publisher's device on last blank and numerous decorated woodcut initials. Contemporary sheepskin parchment.
€ 19,500
Two important collections of letters written by Jesuit missionaries in Japan and the East Indies. Here for the first time published together, containing both the third edition of "Epistolae Indicae" and the third edition of "Epistolae Iapanicae". The first part contains letters primarily from missionaries in the East Indies such as: Gaspar Berse (mentioning Arabia), Henricus Henriquez, Antonius Quadrus, Michael Barulus, Emanuel Tesceira, Joannes Meschita and Joannes Berra. And the second contains letters primarily from missionaries in Japan such as: Francisco Xavier, Pedro Alcaçova, Baltasar Goa, Melchior Nunes Barreto, Luís de Almeida and Gaspar Vilela.
Some occasional minor spots, a few leaves slightly browned, corner of one leaf torn off, not affecting the text, and the inner hinges worn. Very good copy.
Alt-Japan-Katalog 468 & 471; Cordier, Japonica, cols. 52-53; Streit VI, p. 245.
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