The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete 1618-1686
Publisher: Hakluyt Society
2 volumes: cxx+164 pages with 3 maps, frontispiece and 7 illustrations; x+-475 pages with 3 maps, frontispiece and 9 illustrations and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria embossed on front cover with cover edges blind ruled in original jackets. James Sylvester Cummins editor. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, second series, volumes 118 and 119. First editions.
Friar Domingo Navarrette, a Dominican missionary, traveled round the world and spent the best part of his life (1658-69) in China, where he became a determined opponent of the evangelical methods of the "Jesuit mandarins". This work of his travels is based on all his writings, published and manuscript, but principally upon the sixth book of his tratados historicos, which gives a racy account of his travels and work in Mexico, the Philippines, Macao, China, India and Macassar, among other places. He had an observant eye, an open ear and an ever-ready pen, together with a happy facility for meeting men of affairs and being at the heart of things. A doughty conversationalist and a vivid writer, this enthusiastic sinophile has left a record which is not only full of human interest but throws fresh light upon the uneasy meeting of East and West in the seventeenth century. Much of this material is original and will be new to English readers.
Corners bumped. Jacket spine sunned, light extremity wear, chip 1/4" at front heal hinge. Very good copies in like jackets.
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