Jesuit Relations of New France
Jesuit Relations of New France
Jesuit Relations of New France
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Jesuit Relations of New France
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The Library of Ernest E. Keet Sold on behalf of the Cloudsplitter Foundation
Jesuit Relations of New France

A NEARLY COMPLETE SET, ALMOST ALL IN CONTEMPORARY BINDINGS; PARIS, 1634-1673

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Jesuit Relations of New France
A nearly complete set, almost all in contemporary bindings; Paris, 1634-1673
JESUIT RELATIONS OF NEW FRANCE – LE JEUNE, Paul (1591-1664); Barthélemy VIMONT (1594-1667), Jérôme LALEMANT (1593-1678), Paul RAGUENEAU (1608-1680), François LE MERCIER (1604-1690), et al. A collection of 30 Jesuit Relations describing the activities of the Jesuit missionaries in Canada, comprising numbers 2, 6-16, 18-21, 23, 25-27, 29-34, 36-38, and the final Relation edited by Claude Dablon. Paris, 1634-1673.

A nearly complete run of the Jesuit Relations on New France—the most important primary source for 17th-century Canadian history, all but one first editions and largely in contemporary bindings. These books comprise the annual reports of the Jesuit superiors of the Canadian missions during the infancy of French activity in the New World. All but one (famously typo-riddled) were printed by successive generations of the Cramoisy printing family of Paris, intimates of Cardinal Richelieu. Nine of these thirty volumes are from the collection of Frank T. Siebert.

Written for the purpose of promoting the missions and garnering aid for the Jesuit project in North America, they provide accounts of First Nations communities, the history of the Beaver Wars, the activities the Ursuline and Augustinian Hospitaler nuns and their famous school and hospital, and the routes and discoveries of various explorers in the region. Each entry in the series is edited by a Jesuit superior, but they contain individual letters, reports, prayers, and appeals from various figures—from Mere Marie de l'Incarnation, Superior of the Canadian Ursulines, to the Canadian martyrs and the Huron hymnodist Joseph Chihwatenhwa. Filtered through the specific lens of the Jesuits, these reports nevertheless provide a unique window into a critical period in Colonial North American history, as the French struggled to build a stronghold in the region amidst the rapid consolidation of Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

The is the largest and most complete group of these Relations recorded at auction. Many of the individual Relations are quite rare on their own, last having appeared in the Freilich/Siebert sales—some of them these very copies.

Please note that should this lot not sell at auction, the volumes will immediately be offered as individual lots in Christie's sale Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana, Online, 17 January - 2 February 2024.

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