ACOSTA, Manuel (1540-1604); MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro (1533-1603). Kurze Verzeichnuss und historische Beschreibung deren dingen so von der Societet Iesu in Orient von dem Jar nach Christi Geburt 1542 bis auff das 1568 gehandelt Worden.

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Ingolstadt: David Sartorium, 1586.

2 parts in one volume. 8vo. (6 ¼ x 3 ¾ in.; 15.9 x 9.5 cm.). Title-page printed in red and black; some marginal and persistent worming to early gatherings.  Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, brass catches, remnants of clasps; a bit rubbed.  


PROVENANCE: contemporary ownership inscription on the title-page, and one or two marginal notes; presented to the Long Island Historical Society by J. Carson Brevoort, with their bookplate recording the bequest on the front paste-down; with the small library label of Wolfgang A. Herz, on the front paste-down, his sale Important Voyages and Travels, 9th December 2009, lot 140. 


FIRST GERMAN EDITION AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS  OF LETTERS written by Jesuit missionaries relating to the early Jesuit mission in the Far East from 1548 TO 1571, including those written by St. Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit Mission in Japan.  Acosta’s manuscript 'Historia dos Missiones de Oriente ate o anno de 1568', was first sent to Rome where it was then translated into Latin and augmented by Giovanni Pietro Maffei and published in 1571. The collection includes letters offering details on Japanese culture and customs and includes accounts of Jesuit Missions in Etheopia, the East Indies, Goa, by Cosmus Turrianus, Emmanuel Nobrega, Ferdinandus Mendozius, Franciscus Xaverius, Gaspas Belga, Henricus Henriquez, Ioannes de Beyra, Ioannes Ferdinandez, Paulus Iaponius, and Petrus Alcaceuas.  REFERENCES: Cordier Japonica 60; Sabin 43781. # 72lib630