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Het leven vanden heylighen Franciscus Xaverius die den eersten vande Societeyt Jesu het H. Evangelie in Indien ende Japonien heeft ghepredickt. Antwerp, Cornelis Woons, 1646. 8vo. Contemporary vellum.
De Backer & Sommervogel VIII, col. 141 (no. 7); Hesselink, "333 years of Dutch publication on Japan: 1566-1899", in: Arisaka (ed.): Nihou yogakushi no kenkyo (studies in de geschiedenis van de westerse wetenschappen in Japan vol 9 (Osaka, Sogensha, 1989); III-B,10; not in Alt-Japan-Katalog; Cordier, Japonica. Rare first edition of the Dutch translation by the Jesuit Father Franciscus de Smidt from Antwerp of Torsellini's classic biography of Francis Xavier (1506-1552), originally published in 1594, enlarged and corrected by the author in 1596, and published in numerous Latin editions plus translations into Spanish, Italian, French, German, English and Dutch.Torsellini brought together an enormous number of anecdotes about Xavier that had never been published before, and gives considerable detail about his travels in India, the East Indies, China and Japan from 1541 to his death in 1552, and his founding of the Society of Jesus with Loyola and the Jesuit mission in Japan. Torsellini (1544-1599), who also edited Xavier's letters, uncritically accepts the stories that had been passed on by word of mouth for the forty-two years since Xavier's death, greatly expanding the number and nature of his miracles, showing him expelling devils, stilling tempests, raising four people from the dead, etc., but he was probably the last biographer to troll new sources of information until modern times.Good copy.
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