Cartas Edificantes, y curiosas, escritas de las Missiones Estrangeras, por algunos missioneros de ... Cartas Edificantes, y curiosas, escritas de las Missiones Estrangeras, por algunos missioneros de ...

Cartas Edificantes, y curiosas, escritas de las Missiones Estrangeras, por algunos missioneros de la Compañía de Jesus

Jesuitica] [Davin, Diego].

Publication Date: 1753
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The most important collection of Jesuit writings of their missions around the World. 1753. Madrid. Oficina de la Viuda de Manuel Fernandez. Sixteen volumes in 4to, with 23 folding plates and maps in the final volume (five of them repeated in volumes 2 and 7). Contemporary Spanish vellum, a coherent set but not absolutely uniform, overall in excellent condition. Fine copies for all volumes, folding maps very clean, only scattered foxing here and there. First Spanish edition of the celebrated collection of Jesuit reports from around the world. This collected publication of letters by Jesuit missionaries represents one of the most important sources of sixteenth to eighteenth-century Jesuit knowledge of the world. As well as reflecting Jesuit missionary activity in the East Indies, the Middle and Far East, the Americas and the Pacific, the Cartas provide us with an idea of the evolution of European knowledge on the Jesuit missions. These publications played a key role in the initiation and development of ideas of the Enlightenment, Voltaire and Montesquieu both acknowledged their debt to the work; Leibniz based his knowledge on its texts when he wrote about the Jesuit mission in China. In terms of the breadth of their scope and the diversity of subjects, the "Letters" belong with the other encyclopaedic works of the Enlightenment. The collection of original texts did much to raise European knowledge and consciousness (especially in France) of non-European cultures, and remains one of our main sources for information on the distant world during this period, especially regarding India, China and Japan, the Philippines and the East Indies, Tibet, Laos, and Vietnam. They are very important for America, and are often cited as sources for the history of early discoveries in both North and South America. Includes the works of Fathers Kino, Salvatierra and Picolo in California, descriptions of the Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay and Moxos of Bolivia, Peralta’s comments on Paraguay, Father Niel’s letter on Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Marest’s missions in Illinois and amongst the Sioux, the Iroquois by Chollenec, and several others, too lengthy to mention. The array of information on the native tribes of South and North America (Guaranis, Chiriquan, Moxos, Hurons Ottawas, Sioux, Iroquois, Ouiapok, amongst others), their costumes, ethnology, manners, religions, and way of life is probably unsurpassed by any other work published by the 18th century. Extremely significant for China as well, derived from the fascination with everything Chinese in the eighteenth century, from its form of government, the peculiarities of its language, its customs and habits, literature and arts. The information that came with the Jesuits had a great deal to do with the beginnings of the European taste for chinoiserie. Even Du Halde was prompted to write his great work on China - without ever leaving Paris. 'The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, approved in 1558, decreed that letters between "subjects and superiors" should be exchanged on a regular schedule to foster the spirit of union among the Society's members. Only annual letters were required from the missionaries in Asia because the fleets usually arrived in Europe but once each year. These annual reports, as well as many individual letters, usually wound up in Rome Edited selections from the annual letters began to be published at Rome in 1583 for the edification of the general public and for the stimulation of interest in the missions. Over the next one hundred and ninety years (1583 to 1773, the date of the dissolution of the Society) the Jesuits created an international intelligence system that could not be rivalled by any of the world's secular powers. Systematic compilations of the letters from throughout the world became the hallmark of the Jesuit publication program in the eighteenth century. These collections were storehouses of information about Asia that have been ransacked by . Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11801284198

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Title: Cartas Edificantes, y curiosas, escritas de ...

Publication Date: 1753

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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