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Herrera, Antonio de

Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las Islas y tierra firme del Mar Oceano (mas)                 Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales

Madrid, Juan Flamenco, 1601 y Juan de la Cuesta, 1615

(Palau 114.286; Vindel, Mapas de America en libros Espanoles pp 62, Sabin 31544 and 31539; Medina BHA 455)

Folio, uniform, contemporary limp vellum.

Leaf size: 27,3x19,2 cm.

Watermark in both text and maps and in both the Flamenco volumes as in the de la Cuesta volumes: cross in an oval (45x30 mm) with B F and A D and possibly other letters hanging under it. Compare Piccard, cross, 653 and 654, Torino 1606 and Lucca, 1617 respectively.

Title in manuscript on the spine, an integral authentic set.

Text in double columns. Woodcut historiated initials all through

8 (of 9) engraved title pages; 14 copper plate engraved, folding maps

Two of the nine title pages from a 1726 copy with the date corrected in manuscript, one engraved title page missing (book VIII). Engraved title page of book III remargined. The atlas (Descripcion) bound after book IV in Volume two, but complete and original. Two text leaves missing from book VIII. Some of the fly leaves renewed, a small tear repaired in a few places. Slight browning in the first books. Overall a healthy copy, printed on very white paper. An original set in its original condition.


Volume one (Juan Flamenco, 1601) :

Book I: Engraved title page; 372 pp; 11 nn lvs (missing a last blank??).

1492-1514: de Columbus al Ponce de Leon y Piedrahita

Book II: Engraved title page; 368 pp. ; 8 nn lvs.

1515-1520: Núñez de Balboa al Cortes

Volume two (Juan Flamenco, 1601):

Book III: Engraved title page;374 pp 1 blank plus 8 nn lvs:

1521-1526: Cortes; Magellan; Pizarro; Loayza.

Book IV: Engraved title page; 1 nn leaf; 294 pp. 8 nn lvs, last blank :

1527-1531: Pedrahita; Nunez Guzman.

Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales: Engraved title page, 1 nn leaf; 96 pp; 14 folding maps

Volume three (Juan de la Cuesta, 1615):

Book V: 4nn lvs including an original blank and an engraved title page ;

318 pp; 1 original blank plus 10 nn lvs.

1532-1535: Pizarro al Alvarado en Chile.

Book VI:, 2 nn lvs, including engraved title page; 302 pp; 1 plus 8 plus 1 nn lvs.

1536-1541: Federmann; Jimenez de Quesada; de Soto; Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.

Volume IV (Juan de la Cuesta, 1615):

Book VII: 4 nn lvs including engraved title page; 316 pp; 10 nn lvs.

1541-1546: Almagro; Gonzalo Pizarro; Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.

Book VIII: Engraved title page missing; 2 nn lvs; 342 pp. (missing Ss5); 6 nn lvs (missing qqqq 1, the first leaf of the index)

1546-1554: Desde Gonzalo Pizarro hasta el final de las guerras civiles del Peru.

Spain has a rich history of documenting its conquistas en las Americas and these were usually published (if censored), in contrast with the Portuguese practice. Columbus letter had 17 editions in 4 languages before 1500. Pedro Martir published his decadas since 1511 and completed them in 1532. They were translated and widely read in Europe. Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo published the first part of his Historia general de las Indias en 1535, and de las Casas his own in 1552. In that same year, 1552, Fernando Lopez de Gomara published his Historia general de las Indias y de Mexico in Zaragoza.

Antonio de Herrera was named Cronista mayor de las Indias in 1596. His task was to document the conquest of the Americas by Spain. He did so in a very detailed manner and based on an official point of view. The text is published in 8 books, each of 10 chapters (las decadas) covering the period between 1492 and 1554. (Kagan, 2010, pp 244-263). The work describes nearly on a daily basis the voyages and actions of Coloumbus, Cortes, Pizarro and all the other Spanish conquistadores. Decada VII, book 6, chapter 5 gives the complete text of the Leyes de Indias, the set of laws Spain designed for the Americas. In 1542. Herreras work is still the main source for research into the birth of the Spanish empire.

The Descripcion is a separate book. It is an atlas of the Americas, that is description of the countries involved and the corresponding maps. This is the second atlas (only) to be exclusively dedicated to the Americas, the first being the Wytfliet (1597).

The earliest explorers of the Americas made manuscript maps to illustrate their discoveries and claim their rights (like the 1519 map of Pineda of the Gulf of Mexico and the 1524 (published) map by Cortes). Most of these are now lost. Paez Castro, historiador of Charles I (Carlos V) and Philip II proposed a map library as part of the Royal Library (1555). Philip ordered all his Governors to write Relaciones topograficas in 1575, including detailed maps. These were used in turn by Lopez de Velasco, then historiador del Rey to constitute a set of maps of the Americas. A few of these (1575) survive in manuscript in the John Carter Brown Library. These are in original colour. Herrera in turn, used the manuscript maps of Lopez de Velasco for his atlas (Kagan, 2010)

i) Contrary tof or example de las Casas who with his Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias gave a personal interpretation of the same events.

Bibliography: Kagan, Richard: Los cronistas de la Corona, Madrid 2010

Price: € 35000

Barrere, Pierre

Nouvelle Relation de la France Equinoxiale

Paris, 1743

[4], iv, 250, [1] pp. plus three flding maps and sixteen folding plates. Half title. 12mo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Spine bit chipped, hinges cracked and boards hanging by cords, corners worn. Small faint stamp on titlepage. Good, internally clean.

(Sabin 3604, LeClerc 119, European Americana 743/19, Field 87)


The author, a doctor, spent three years in French Giuana. This work is mainly devoted to describing the Carib Indians, and is illustrated with the finest plates of Caribs extant, showing native ornaments, boats, weapons, methods of fishing, etc. Remarkably detailed and accurate, they are of great ethnological interest. Also contains passages on the cultivation of coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, aloes, etc. The maps show the mouth of the Amazon, the island of Cayenne, and the harbor there. "Almost the whole of the text as well as most of the sixteen plates are descriptive of the natives of Guiana, where the author resided. He gives us many new particulars regarding the Indians"- Field.

Price: € 1250

Varthema, Ludovici di

Die ritterlich und lobwendig Rays....

Augsburg, Miller, June 16 1515

(Graesse I, p. 301; Fairfax Murray, nr 418 (the 1516, Strasbourg edition)                    

In small quarto (bookblock: 18.8x15.2cm)

Re-cased in near contemporary simple calf over boards

Four raised bands on the spine

Folded in four: a;b;c;d;e;f;g;h;I;k;l;m;n;o;p;q;r;s;t; total 76 leaves

Engraved title page and 45 woodcuts in the text, all - except five - in deep, contemporary colour.

The translation into German by Michael Herr; the woodcuts by Georg Breu

Title page: the author offering his book to Agnes of Urbino.

(Agnesia Feltria Colonna,

married to Fabrizio Colonna,

Duchess of Albu and Tagliacozzo)

Condition: our copy is re-cased in contemporary full calf over carton boards and has 2 leaves (including 2 images) of facsimile, printed on contemporary paper. The facsimile leaves are: a2&a3. The rather course colouring throughout the book is contemporary and typical for the time.


Any early edition of the Varthema is extremely scarce. In 2000 I found 9 complete copies of the first edition in the world and 3 incomplete copies (including the one in the British Library). The last time a first edition came to the market is in the 2011 New York Bookfair where it was offered for 1.000.000 US.

Price: € 150000

Lilius, Zacharias

Sammelband 1. Orbis breviarum 2. No title: including Contra Antipodes 3. Gloria gaudiis beatorum

In small quarto (18,5x13,5 cm). All three, recased in XVII century, plain vellum.

Part one: Orbis breviarum

Venice, de Gregoriis, circa 1500

(Hain 10100; Goff L 220)

In quarto; 98 nn lvs

24 woodcut historiated inititals

One OT and one zonal worldmap (A 6 in verso)

His orbis breviarum remained for a long time a popular manual of Geography and Cosmology (Norderskiold). Earlier editions in Florence (1493) and Naples (1496)

Part two: no title

Florence, Bonaccorsi. 1496

(Hain10103; BMC VI 675; Harisse 17; Sabin 41067; JCB I p 24; Riccardi Vol 2: 41.1)

In small quarto. Recased in old, plain vellum. Leaves a1 and a2 with marginal restorations, including some letters in manuscript. Seven leaves in good facsimile on old paper. Heavily but well restored copy.

65 (of 72) nn leaves as follows:

Title and authorisation: leaf 1

(1) De origine...scientiarum 29 leaves (2-30). Leaf 29 (e 1) in facsimile

(2) Contra antipodes...12 leaves (31-42). Leaf 37 (e 8) in facsimile

(3) De miseria hominis... 19 leaves (43-61). Leaf 54 (h1) in facsimile

Letter of dedication 2 leaves (62 & 63). Leaf 63 in facsimile

(4) De ventorum... 4 leaves (64-67), including two full page woodcuts:

* Figura octo ventorum (I 4, in recto)

* Figura duodecidem ventorum (including T-O worldmap) (I4, in verso)

(not in Shirley; Campbell 86)

(5) Vita Carolus Magnus 3 leaves (68-70) Leaf 70 (I7) in facsimile

Leave 71: register and (in verso) a device, repeated 3 times, probably the arms of the Piscia family who ordered the book printed.

The TO worldmap (Shirley nr 1; Campbell, nr 86) is surrounded by the 12 winds, each named. This TO worldmap, as the first one printed (in 1472), but more like an extended version of the Dati worldmap (Dati: La sfera, Florence, c 1495) (Campbell, nrs 71 and 72). The map in this part first appeared in Lilius Orbis breviarum (Florence 1493) in red & black and is described by Campbell as the "basic map reduced to its simplest form"

In his second treatise: Contra antipodes, when talking about islands in the oceans of the world Lilius remarks under the heading Navigatione Oceani Maris (folio f2 in verso) that ..ut quo tempore navigatus fit oceanus paucis exponant: ... Rex Hispaniae ut fuerunt in dies ad exploranda nova littera, naves mandat that is " (an Ocean) little known in spite of earlier voyages... where the King of Spain sends his ships to explore new coasts" .

On Lilius 1496: no copies sold in the Anglo-Saxon world through auction in the last 30 years. Sabin: "extremely rare " .

Part three: De Gloria et gaudiis beatorum                    

including: Descriptio orbium caelestium

Venice, Bevilacqua. 1501

(Adams L674)

70 nn leaves, complete.

First and only edition of three tracts of the Armenian bishop and cosmographer Zacharia Lilio.

Treatise 1: De uno Deo

Treatise 2: De imortalitate anime

Treatise 3: Descriptio orbium caelestium

In this last treatise the sky and its inhabitants and phenomena are described and analysed according to classical writers and the church authorities.


Lilius (or Zacaria Lilio) was born in Vienna 1452 and died in 1522. He was bishop de Sebasti in Armenia. That this Sammelband is presented in spite of its shortcomings has three reasons. First it is extremely rare. Second it contains two early TO worldmaps. Third it is an early, very early Americana (Harisse, nr 17!!!)

Price: € 12000

Herport, Albrecht

Eine kurze Ost-Indianische Reiss-Beschreibung...

... Darinnen Vieler Ost-Indianischen Insulen und Landtschafften Gelegenheit ... sonder der Chinesischen Belägerung und Eroberun der Unsul Formosa angemerckt ... Beschrieben und in einer neunjährigen Reiss verrichtet.

Bern, Georg Sonnleitner, 1669

(Landwehr, VOC, # 310; Cordier, Bibl. Japonica

Small 8vo. Contemporary vellum.

With engraved title and 9 folding engraved plates.

10 nn lvs; 242 pp; 3 nn lvs (complete).

Frontispiece remargined, not affecting the plate. A small hole in one leaf (M1) with loss of two letters; small hole in one plate (circa 4 mm). Else, fine and in its original state.


First edition of one of the important books on the Dutch East Indies, written by a foreign (Swiss) participant in the events.

The Swiss Herport was trained as an artist, he is listed as landscape painter from Bern, born 1641, died 1680. Instead of pursuing an artistic career he enrolled for military service and left Holland for Batavia in the sprint of 1659. He was a member of Johan van der Laans company which was sent to Formosa and Macao. Herport was an eyewitness to the loss of Formosa to the Chinese emperor Cheng Cheng Kung or Coxinga. He served under Rijckloff van Goens on the Malabar coast and arrived in Ceylon at the end of 1662. There he remained for the next four years, leaving the island only for short expeditions to the coast of India. He returned to Amsterdam via Batavia in 1668. The plates in this book are of better quality than usual, several were made from Herports own sketches. They show a fine view of the Cape, Batavia, Formosa (Fort Zeelandia), Ceylon, Cochin, etc. -

Fine copy of a very rare and important book, just a few copies are known.

Price: € 12000

Monzon, Francisco de

Norte de Confessores

Lisboa, Luis Rodrigues, 1546

(Palau 179 986; King Manuel, nr 61; Don Manuel, 2002: nr 302; Anselmo 1046)

En octavo, 75 hojas.

Goctico; iniciales de 5 reglas en xilografia, titulo en borden grabado, escudo de plena pagina (a1 en verso: ... das armas reais com o grifo)

Marco de impresor a plena pagina (como grifo)

Ejemplar de intenso uso, restaurado, sin embargo un libro decente y completo.


Uno de los libros mas raros del XVI. Tanto Palau como Anselmo solo conocen el ejemplar de la Biblioteca Nacional en Lisboa y la Publica en Evora. El ejemplar en la BN de Lisboa es quizas el ejemplar de la coleccion del Rey Manuel (nr 61).

Price: € 5200

Rugendas, Moritz

Malerische Reise in Brasilien

Paris, Engelman 1835

(Borba de Moraes p 754; Sabin 73934)

Four parts in one volume

Elephant folio (book block: 52x34 cm)

Original, halfcalf binding. Spine comparted, title gilt

Four text parts; 100 lithographs, black and white as issued , these printed on China paper, pasted in turn on supportive leaves.

Excellent, original condition. Text leaves clean. Lithos all but less than five completely clean. A few supportive leaves with slight foxing. Spine restored. Lacks list of subscribers that is sometimes present.


Johann Moritz Rugendas (Augsburg1802, Wurttemburg 1858), artist and painter, came with Baron von Langsdorf to Brasil in 1825 and spent about two years in the country.

The fine plates are of the utmost importance for the study of Brasilian life at the beginning of the XIX century (Borba).

Europe was fasciniated by the Portuguese colony that was in the process of becoming independent with a promise of the exploration of great, natural richness. Von Spix and Prince Wied zu Neuwied did similar voyages in the same period of time. Their descriptions of Brasil and the images they created were avidly consumed.

Price: € 23000

Wied, Maximilian Prinz wu Wied-Neuwied

Reise nach Brasilien in den Jahren 1815-1817



Frankfurt am Main, Broenner, 1821/1822

(Borba Morais II 43; Sabin 47018; Bosch 321)

Both text volumes in their original, editors cloth binding, untrimmed, book block: 30,5x24,5 cm, printed title to the spine. The prints of both atlas volumes uncut and loose in their original, editors printed portfolios. Original size of the sheets: 52,5x 29,5cm. As issued.

Text Vol I: title page; second title page; 16 nn lvs; 380 pp; 3 nn lvs

11 full page copper plate stipple engravings. Original loose separation leaves, slight overall browning; incidental marginal spotting.

Atlas to go with Vol I : 16 sheets in its original printed portfolio, some ties broken; plates untrimmed; authentic separating leaves:

11 lithoss, B/W as issued, clean;

3 handcoloured, lithoghraphed plates;

1 folded map (Arrowsmith, coast of Brasil, in OL colour) and

1 single sheet map (New road from Visto Alegre to Minas Novas)

Text Vol II: title page, second title page; 7 nn lvs; 346 pp.

8 copper plate stiple engravings, slight overall browning. Bookblock loosening from binding one gathering with spotting. Else fine

Atlas to go with Volume II: 9 sheets, untrimmed, in its original printed portfolio, ties intact, authentic separation leaves:

6 lithos (15-20), B/W as issued, clean

2 handcoloured lithos

1 folded map: the northern part of the coast of Brasil by Arrowsmith, also in OL colour.


This set, the first edition of Prince Wieds famous description of Brasil, is commendable because it is an unchanged, authentic copy.

Price: € 12000

Fernandez, Diego

Primera y Segunda Parte de la Historia del Peru

Sevilla, Hernando Diaz. 1571

(Sabin 24132; Medina, BHA 214; Palau, F. Pp 197; Rene Moreno 1341; Maggs, 1935 nr 271/ Quaritch, 1990. Nr 29)

En folio, pleno cuero del siglo XVIII, dos partes en un solo tomo

Texto a dos columnas. Iniciales en xilografia

Varias ilustraciones en el texto en xilografia

4 hojas incluyendo frontis grabado (Escudo Real)

142 Folios (primera parte)

(son en realidad 138 hojas ya que la foliacion salta de 130 a 135)

130 Folios (incluyendo segundo frontis grabado (Escudo Real)

Condicion: Ultimas 30 folios de la segunda parte con pequeno corridor de guzano, afectando algunas letras (15x4 mm). En general: buen ejemplar, impreso sobre buen papel.

Ejemplar firmado por su autor en el colofon.


La bibliografia del libro pareciera interesante ya que Moreno describe un ejemplar en cuarto (17,5x10,5 cm) con las mismas fechas de impression, mientras el nuestro claramente es en folio y mide 28,3x19.3 cm. El de Moreno tiene 424 paginas en la primera parte (el nuestro 292) y 364 pp mas 80 de apendice, mas 13 de indice= 457 paginas en la segunda parte mientras la nuestra tiene 260 paginas. Obviamente existen dos ediciones distintos con la misma fecha. Los demas bibliografos no mencionan la version en cuarto.

Price: € 12000

Paz Soldan, Mariano Felipe

Atlas geografico del Peru



Paris, Libreria del Fermin Didot. 1865

(not in Phillips but compare Phillips atlases 2769; not in Sabin but compare Sabin 59326)

Gran folio: (paper 51x41 cm); contemporary boards. Title on spine

45 (folding) maps; 27 plates & photolithographic images on 67 numbered sheets plus 6 extra numbered sheets. Includes general map of Peru and the large folding view of Arequipa.

Condition: Excellent.


This atlas is to be considered a proofprint, preceding the two first editions, printed before the government subsidy was given and the first edition was printed : one in Spanish, the other in French.

The proof edition is characterised by a rustic manner of binding, one title page only (two in the first edition), in black and white (red and black in first edition); 11 maps (map 2;5;7;17;30;36;39) and plates printed in colour (black and white in the first edition), no text (whereas the first edition has 82 lvs of text). This proof edition of the atlas is printed for the Libreria de Fermin Didot hermanos, by the Impresores del Instituto de Francia (title page).

The first edition does have two title pages. The first is the same text as the title page of this proofprint, but with different type and in two colours (black & red). The first edition has an additional title page which shows this to be the official edition as it is dedicated to the Presidente y gran libertador Ramon Castilla, and this edition is printed at the expense of the Government of Peru. On this second title page the atlas is printed for the Libreria de Agusto Durand and is printed by Ad. Laine and Y Lavard. So a different bookshop that orders the printing and a different printer!! This first edition does have 82 leaves of text, but the maps are printed in B/W only. The map on mineralogy and two plates at the end however ARE in colour.

Price: € 15000

Schlieben, W.E.A. von

Atlas von Europa

Das Kaiserthum Russland



Leipzig, Gorschen, 1829

Oblong folio (26x34,5cm)

Contemporary carton, covered with printed paper

Title printed on the cover

Title page (with index in verso)

20 numbered leaves (text, detailed index)

25 printed maps (complete), handcoloured in outline

Excellent, original condition. Bright colouring


Atlas is part of a series of atlases, produced in separate deliveries. This one, Russia, being delivery nr 13, covers European Russia (including Finland, excluding Poland) in great detail. Last map is Russian America (not in Lada Mocarski; not in Postnikov: The mapping of Russian America).

The map showing the discoveries on the American side of Behrings Strait: Shishmarew Bay, Sarichgev Island, Eshscholts Bay, Kotsebue Sound, discoveries made by Kotsebue during his 1815-1818 circumnavigation, so the atlas is well up to date.

Price: € 6000

Voragine, Jacobo de

Lombardica historia que a plerisque Aurea Legenda factorum appellatur (Legenda Aurea Sanctorum)

Strassburg (Georg Husner?) August 16, 1490

(Goff J124; Reichling Cop. 6454)

In folio (28,5x19.5 cm)

Contemporary full calf over wooden boards

Tooled front and back. Embossed title: Passionale

Messing corner and central pieces. One central piece and both clasps missing. Spine renewed.

Title page with printed title (illegible owners stamp)

14 lvs, including title page; text in 6 and 8 alternating: a-z; A-R, including last authentic blank. Gatherings F and L have 6 when expected to have 8, but complete 264 leaves in all. Rubricated throughout.

Condition: spine restored, else in original condition with minor damage to the upper right corner of the first gathering. Strong imprint on sturdy paper.


The Legenda Aurea was the book widest read and quoted in mediaeval Europe. It survives in hundreds of manuscripts and many printed editions. Each city, region and country had its own saint and its birthday signified "fiesta". Later on the European discoverers tended to name places after the saints day in which the discovery occurred. The saints lives provided examples of courage, faith and other positive characteristics that men should aspire too. That is why the Legenda Aurea were so often quoted and used.

The original text (if ever there was one) written by Jacobo de Voragine, Bishop of Genua in the late XIII century, consisted of the lives of 857 Saints!! That text ends in this copy at H5 in recto. With the additional saints the book has the lives of 931 Saints in all.

This copy mentions no printer, but - according to Goff and Reichling (that is additions to Hain Copinger) - the printer was Georg Husner. In the catalogue of incunables of the British Museum, the printer of the original version is called the Printer of the Jordanus de Quintlinburg of 1483. This printer was also responsible for the printing of a version of the Legenda Aurea of 1486 under the title: Lombardica historia (IB 1803) just as the title of this incunable. The construction of the 1486 edition is also equal to the construction of the book: 1;2; a-z in 8 and 6 alternating etc. However the BMC does NOT mention a later, 1490 edition. Neither does it name the anonymous printer Georg Husner. As stated, other do.

Price: € 15000

Tiefentaller, Joseph de (S.J.)

Carte generale du cours du Gange et du Gagra                     

Paris, Du Perron. 1784

(Gole, 1983: 102 2.1; Sommervogel, Vol VIII, column 21 & 22; Edney p 133) 59x75 cm, black & white as issued, copper plate engraving. Slight, overall browning. Else fine


A rare and fundamental map in the history of cartography of India.

Tieffenthaller (born 1710) was a Jesuit who worked and travelled India (1742-1785). He used his knowledge of the higher Ganges area to draw this map, which was published in Paris in 1784 and used by Rennell for his pioneering work on the cartography of that country. Notably but not surprisingly for a Jesuit he used and credited local cartographical sources where commentaries are written in Persian, the language of official use in large parts of India at the time.

Price: € 6000

Cretineau-Joli

Historia Religiosa, Politica y Literaria de la Compañia de Jesus

Barcelona 1853 - 1858. 6 Volumes in octavo, full contemporary leather. Vol. 1 : marginal damp staining, stronger at the end, not affecting the text. (Palau 64.416)

Extensive history of the Jesuits first 300 years.

Price: € 520

Various authors

Coleccion General de las Providencias.... de la Compania (de Jesus)...

Madrid, Imprenta Real de la Gazeta, 1767 (Palau 56516).

Three parts in one volume. In quarto, contemporary vellum. Complete.


Palau gives a different collation, but the book is complete, notwithstanding some faults in the numbering. Collection of laws and orders for the possessions of the Jesuits.

Price: € 1200

Archdekin, Richard S.J.

Praecipuae Controversiae

Lovanii, Masius 1671 (Sweeney 192 ; Sweeney 199).

In octavo, contemporary vellum (17,5x10,5 cm). 6 nn lvs; 510 pp; 4 nn lvs (index & privilegios), that is : pp 89-336 : resolutiones theologicae (own title page 1671) ;

pp 337-411 : apparatus ad doctrinam sacram (with index in big letters) ;

pp 412-510 : praxis concionandis ;

plus extra : 8 lvs (pp 61-76) : De Constancia Hiberniae in Religione Romana

Different manuscript owners entries and stamps at the title page. Excellent copy.


Sweeney mentions this book (nr 192) but does not give its full collation. He gives the book an "XR" on the rarity index, that is : "extremely rare, only known by a handful of copies". Our copy to be the complete edition of Sweeney 192.

There is however the highly interesting text "De constancia Hiberniae in religione Romana..." This additional text seems to be taken from another printing in Louvain by the same printer, as the pages carry a different signature and are numbered from 61 onwards. Moreover, it constitutes a complete text on 1200 years of Christian oppression in Ireland,including privileges and censor authorisation. Indeed, Sweeney mentions this text as an annex to another book, printed in Louvain in 1671: Vitae et Miraculorum Santi Patricii Hiberniae (Sweeney 199).

The Kilkenny born Archdekin was a long term Jesuit professor of philosophy and theology at Louvain and Antwerp (Sweeney)

Price: € 3400

Ribadineira, Pedro S.J.

Historia von dem Leben und Wandel Ignatii Loyole

Ingollstadt, Sartorius. 1590 (de Backer-Sommervogel I,119.3 ; Palau 266 258)

In quarto; contemporary tooled pigskin over wooden boards, original clasps, 18 nn lvs; 564 pages (last blank). Title in black & red, within engraved border ; in verso of title: magnificent portrait of the Saint,

surrounded by ten pictures that document his life.


First edition in German of this, the most famous biography of Saint Ignatio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, by one of the first group of Jesuits. First known version of the "Vita" is May 1569 (manuscript in Spanish in the National Library of Spain), the first printed edition (in Latin) is Naples, 1572; in Spanish 1583; in German 1590 (this edition). De Backer-Sommervogel describes this edition under Jean Albert SJ, the supposed translator from the Latin text. However in the general listing and discussion of the many Vitae of Ignacius, the same authors assign the translation to Theobald Stolz, SJ whose known translation was only published in 1614 (Sommervogel VI. 1728).

Price: € 2400

Ferreira, Manuel

Noticias Summarias das Perseguisoes... da Companhia de JESU

Lisboa, Manescal, 1700 (Pinto de Matos, p 260 ; Streit 1460 ; Maggs, Biblioteca Asiatica, part V (1929), pp 29/30). Not in Palau.

In folio, contemporary free end papers, contemporary calf, spine restored, raised bands & (later) gilt. A few leaves browned, else in fine, original condition. With slipcase.


E livro raro e estimado (Pinto de Matos). Palau mentions only one booklet by this author: Ferreira Manuel: breve compendio succesos de la Mision del Reyno de Tunquin en los anos 1674 a 1675 (Palau 90236) sin lugar, Folio, 9 hojas.

Christianity came to Indochina at the beginning of the XVI century. The Tonkin mission was founded by Jesuits in 1627. Their severe persecution began in 1680 and lasted for over a 100 years. This work describes the early years of that persecution (after Maggs).

Ferreira (S.J.) was born in Lisbon in 1630 and acted twice as Jesuit missionary in "India". The first time he was sent out to India proper in 1658, where he suffered persecution and imprisonment. His second mission was to Tonquin (An Nam in the text; Vietnam today) in 1694, where again he suffered persecutions. Beside the booklet described by Palau, and this book (without his name), Ferreira wrote an Annamite/ Portuguese dictionary that remained in manuscript (Maggs). Ferreira died in Macao in 1699.

Price: € 8200

Xavier, Francisco

Epistolarum, libri IV (ex Hispano in Latinum conversi ab Turcellino)

Antwerp, Plantijn 1657 (Palau 290.891 ; Luares 465 ; Cordier 167).

In 16, rebound in old vellum, in modern slipcase.


52 missionary letters of San Xavier between 1542 and 1552, the year of his death, translated by Oracio Torcellino, first biographer of San Xavier.

Price: € 500

Gonzalez de Mendoza

Nova et succincta..historia...Regno China

Frankfurt am Main, Henning. 1589

(Cordier, 14/15; Lust 27; VD 16 G 2658)

In octavo. Book rebound in old vellum. Slight waterstain first half of the book. Small hole in title page restored. Else fine.


First edition in Latin of this instant bestseller. Mendoza was an Augustinian monk at the Rome court. Pope Gregory XIII ordered him to collect all that was known at the time about China... His work became the standard authority at the time.

It appears as one of the first general histories/descriptions of China in Cordier who mentions like 20 editions in Spanish (First, 1585), Italian; French, German and English before this 1589 Latin first edition. " The first, serious survey of China, it ran some 33 editions in Western Europe between 1585 and 1613. Its influence can be imagined" (Lust, nr 23)

Price: € 8000