Folio (29.5 x 19 cm.), contemporary limp vellum (some soiling), vertical title in manuscript on spine, remains of 3 (of 4) ties. Woodcut Portuguese royal arms on title page. Woodcut headpieces, initials, and tailpieces. Some deckle edges at fore-edge. Significant worming, mostly in margins but also some in text, though without affecting legibility. Light marginal dampstains. A few quires browned. In not-so-good condition. (6 ll.), 458 pp. [actually 460 pp., with 66 and 270 repeated], (1 l.). *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of this important work for the history of the Portuguese missions in Cochinchina (the southern part of modern Vietnam). Lach lists this as one of six principal European works published in the second half of the seventeenth century that dealt with Cochinchina and Tonkin (the northernmost part of Vietnam).Ferreira begins with a description of the geography, flora, and fauna of Tonkin, and the people, their customs, and their history (pp. 1-33). Then he moves on to the establishment of Jesuit missions in Cochinchina in 1627, by Jesuits who had fled Japan, describing (with specific names and places) their interactions with the residents and the persecution they suffered. The work is attributed by Barbosa Machado and others to Ferreira, a native of Lisbon (b. 1630) who became a Jesuit in 1647. According to Backer, he went to Tonkin as a missionary in 1658 and was thrown into prison during one of the government's persecutions of Christians. In 1674-1675 he was the superior in Tonkin. In the 1680s he spent some years working for the interests of the mission in Europe, where he had been recalled at the instigation of French missionaries in a jurisdictional dispute. Ferreira was allowed to return to the region in 1694. Barbosa Machado reports that he baptized more than 20,000 people at the mission in Tonkin. He died in Macao in 1699. Although the licenses were issued in 1694, this work did not appear in print until 1700, perhaps due to the ongoing controversy between the Jesuits and other missionaries in the East. (See John Parker, "Windows into China," pp. 31-36).*** Arouca F99. Innocêncio V, 423. Barbosa Machado III, 265. Backer-Sommervogel III, 691-2. Palha 2561: lacks the final leaf of the text. Stuart de Rothesay 1125. Azevedo-Samodães 1202 (the de Rothesday copy). Ameal 916. Monteverde 2329. Avila-Perez 5338, 8912. Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe III, 1, 251, 255, 259, 365; and III, 3, 1266-67. Not in Cordier, Sinica or Indo-Sinica. Maggs, Bibliotheca Asiatica (Catalogue 452), item 396: "an unusual book, of great importance for the history of the early Portuguese missions in China," priced at £21. Porbase locates 5 copies at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (3 in poor condition) and one at the University of Coimbra. Copac locates a single copy, at British Library. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Noticias Summarias das Perseguições da ...
Publisher: Lisbon, Na Officina de Miguel Manescal, 1700.
Book Description ReInk Books, 2018. Softcover. Condition: NEW. Reprinted from 1700 edition. Language: por. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Original Publisher: Em Lisboa : Na officina de Miguel Manescal . 492 pages. Seller Inventory # 451965216
Book Description 1700, 1700. Folio. Pp. (xii), 460, (2). Pagination irregular but the text is complete. Partly some browning to the text. Old inscription on title-page and old annotations on front endpaper. Contemporary calf, spine gilt with five raised bands and title-label (with loss), worn, sprinkled edges. First edition of an important account of the Portugese mission in Vietnam (Cochinchina and Tonkin). It is considered one of the most important European works on the area at this time. Manuel Ferreira (1639-99) was a Portugese Jesuit who served for many years in Vietnam (Cochinchina and Tonkin), of which several spent in prison. According to Barbosa Machado Ferreira baptized more than 20 000 people at the mission in Tonkin. This work commences with a description of Tonkin including information about the people, their history and customs, geography, flora and fauna etc. It's followed by information about the establishment of the Jesuit mission in Cochinchina in 1627; it's difficulties, imprisonment and persecution of the missionaries. Barbosa Machado iii, 265. Brebion 242. Cordier BI 1924. De Backer-Sommervogel ii, 1258. Innocêncio v, 423. Palau 194164. Streit vi, 1460. Seller Inventory # 26099