Historica relatio de apostolicis missionibus Patrum Societatis Jesu apud Chiquitos, Paraquaria populos

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Author: Fernandez, Juan Patrico (1661-1733)

Year: 1733

Publisher: Matthiae Wolff

Place: Augsburg


title in red & black+[l blank]+[2-9]+[5 approbatio]+[2 apporbatio]+[1]+[2 licsntia ordinarii]+[2 preface]+[16 contents]+276+[16 index] pages. Octavo (8 1/2" x 7") bound in original full leather with five raised spine bands with decorative spine compartments and gilt lettering. (Sabin 24137; Palau 87984) First Latin edition.

Juan Patrico Fernandez was one of the most zealous and active missionaries among the Chiquito Indians of Paraguay. An important account of Jesuit missionary activity in the Parana and Plate River area of South America, and one of the most authentic works dealing with the life of the Chiquito Indians. Fernández labored for many years as a missionary in the region. Included here are details on the founding and progress of the mission, the geography of the province of Chiquitos, the manners and customs of the natives, the invasion and depredations by the Mamelucos, the removal of the settlement and notable events in the lives of some of the leading missionaries. According to European Americana Fernandez was only a contributor to the text, which was actually written by Domenico Vandiera of Siena. The work "is of great importance for the history of Sao Paulo, as it deals with the incursion of the "Bandeirantes" into the missions of Paraguay. Southey used it for his History of Brazil."


Some rubbing and scuffing, front fore edge chipped, corners bumped, lacks front free endpaper, worming heavier at start and end but not affecting text, foxing and some toning, lacks errata, spine ends repaired else a good copy with only 5 copies found on Worldcat in the United States.

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