Author: Pablo Pastells (1846-1932)
Publisher: Liberia General de Victoriano Suarez
3 volumes. xxxiii+593+[2 ad] pages with tables and foldout map, errata and index; ii+775 pages with foldout map, errata and index; iii+544 pages with double page illustration. Royal octavo (10" x 6 1/2") bound in original wrappers. Selected and annotated by Pablo Pastells. First edition. first published in 1639.
Pablo Pastells, a Jesuit historian from the Catalan region of Spain, chronicles the activities of the Society of Jesus in the vast Province of Paraguay. The Jesuit province of Paraguay included territories dependent on the Viceroyalty of Peru , which today are part of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In 1607 these territories made up the township of Tarija and the governments of Nueva Andalucía or Río de la Plata, Tucumán, Chile and part of Santa Cruz de la Sierra ( Llanos de Chiquitos ). From 1617the Río de la Plata was divided between the new governments of Paraguay or Guayrá and the Río de la Plata or Buenos Aires . The order also missioned in the extensive territories outside the Spanish dominion of the Chaco Gualamba and the Pampa and Patagonia, as well as in the imprecise limits with the Kingdom of Portugal. In present-day Brazil the province included the southeast of Mato Grosso and the states of Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. From 1625 its territory was reduced when Chile separated from it, which included the town of Cuyo. Ecclesiastically the territory initially included the dioceses of Río de la Plata, Santiago de Chile, Tucumán and part of those of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Plata or Charcas. From April 6, 1620, the former was divided between those of Asunción and Buenos Aires, and in 1625 that of Chile was separated.
Volumes one, two and three of an eight volume set. This covers the period from 1568 through 1683 with original documents from the Archivo General de Indias.
Edge wear to wrappers, spines age toned with head chipped, soiled with some foxing to wrappers. Volume 2 with one inch by quarter inch chip and front fore-edge, except for titles pages still unopened else a very good set.