DU JARRIC, Pierre (1566-1617). Histoire des choses plus memorables advenues tant ez Indes Orientales, que autres pais de la descouverte des Portugais, en l'establissement et progrez de la foy Chréstienne et Catholique. Bordeaux: S. Millanges, 1608-1614.
3 parts in 3 volumes, 4° (225 x 155 mm). Title to the second part with engraved historiated border, other titles in red and black within typographical frame, that to the third part with 'IHS' device. Full-page woodcut illustration on Sss3v of part one. Woodcut initials and ornaments. (Some occasional foxing and spotting, minor pale browning in first volume, some occasional mostly marginal dampstaining in second volume, small marginal hole in Cccc4 in third volume.) Contemporary vellum over stiff boards, later leather ties (recased, covers a bit bowed). Provenance: partly legible inscription on inside front cover of volume 2: “A Guillaume Cha[?] Greffier, du parl[?] d[?].”
FIRST EDITION of Du Jarric's historical compilation, principally an account of Jesuit missionary work in Portuguese possessions. This French edition, in three volumes, was printed by Millanges, the great publisher of Bordeaux, who also printed the two first editions of Montaigne's Essays. The second volume contains Americana on pages 248-359, containing a substantial account of the Jesuits in Brazil. “Father Du Jarric's work, in spite of being a compilation (mostly from Fernão Gueteiro, Relaçam Anual) is very valuable for the study of the Jesuits in Brazil.” (Borba de Moraes). The third part of the history contains “the most memorable happenings in the East Indies and other lands discovered by the Portuguese during the establishment of the Christian faith. Concentrates on Jesuit activity” (Lust).
EXTREMELY RARE. According to Sabin: “Only three complete copies of this interesting, elaborate, and valuable work appear to have occurred for sale, one of which was in the curious collection of the late Robert Lang, who had written in it, ‘The third volume of this work is very scarce, and although the two first volumes are found amongst collections of scarce voyages, I never saw or heard of but one other copy of the third volume, which is in the library of Lord Bute at Luton'.” American Book Prices Current records only one other copy (without frontispiece as here) selling at auction in the past three decades. Borba de Moraes I, p. 358, noting the existence of at least one copy with a frontispiece in vol. I.
Alden & Landis 610/36; Backer IV, col. 750-52; Borba de Moraes I, p. 425-426 (“Complete copies of the three volumes are extremely rare”); Brunet II, 872; Carayon 777; Cioranescu XVII, 27019; Cordier Sinica 771; Cordier Japonica 260-61; Graesse II, p. 444; Lust 807; Sabin 35790; Streit V: 96.