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Breve Relatione d?Alcune Missioni de? PP. della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia.

AMERICAS. CANADA] Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672)

Published by Heirs of Agostino Grisei,, Macerata:, 1653
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Quarto: [4], 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127, [1] pp. Collation: ?2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4 Canadian Native Americans as victims & perpetrators of violence?Very Rare? -Sabin FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author?s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642. After two years in Quebec and with the Algonquins on the St. Lawrence River, he set off for the most distant outposts, the missions on Lake Huron?s Georgian Bay, deep in the interior. He was captured by the Iroquois who cut off his fingers and eventually sold him to the Dutch, who helped him reach France. He returned to Canada in 1645, participated in peace talks with the Iroquois and finally reached the Huron missions, where he remained until the Iroquois destroyed them in 1649, killing most of the Hurons and missionaries. On his return to Europe in 1650, he wrote the present Italian account.A riveting eyewitness account of Canadian Indians and Jesuits in the 1640s. Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter. Bound in 17th c. limp sheepskin parchment. With a large woodcut Jesuit device on the title page, woodcut initial, and a factotum built up from fleurons. There is a neatly written contemporary inscription of a Roman Jesuit library on the title page; some leaves foxed or lightly browned; there is a minor ink stain on two leaves. In all, a nice, genuine copy with generous margins. Bookseller Inventory # 2969D

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Title: Breve Relatione d?Alcune Missioni de? PP. ...

Publisher: Heirs of Agostino Grisei,, Macerata:

Publication Date: 1653


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