In Padova, Appresso Francesco Bolzetta, 1599.
Small 8vo [155 x 101 mm], 124 ff. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, handwritten title on the spine. Red morocco slipcase. Handwritten ex libris on title-page.
Rare edition of this letter addressed from Japan by the Jesuit missionary Froes to Father Acquaviva in 1596.
This remarkable account gives a detailed description of the progresses made by the Christian missions in Asia in the years 1595-1596, and of the state of the Church in Japan just before the persecutions. Pages 82; not in Cordier.
Luis Froes (1528-1597) is a Portuguese Jesuit who was intended for the missions and who followed Father Barzeo on his trip to the Indies in 1548. After a one-year mission in Malacca, Froes came back to Goa and in 1563 he was sent to Japan : his evangelical successes followed him.
A very attractive copy of this work preserved in its contemporary limp vellum.
This book is not recorded in any French institution.
OCLC only lists 3 copies: at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, at the University of Maastricht and at the Universtity of Minnesota.
The only other copy to appear at auction in the last thirty years was sold for £ 7 800 on the 25th of June 1992 by Sotheby’s London, that is to say € 13 000 more than 15 years ago.