5 April 2016
RHODES, Alexandre de (1593-1660). Relazione de' felici successi della Santa Fede predicata da'padri della compagnia di Gesu nel regno di Tunchino. Rome: Giuseppe Luna, 1650.
Small 4° (212 x 155 mm). Engraved map, woodcut device on title-page, woodcut head-piece and initial letter at start of first and second parts, with errata leaf. (Ii3with marginal tear crossing text.) 18th-century vellum over flexible boards, spine lettered in manuscript. Provenance: early signature deleted on title-page; Francesco Flamini (inscription on title dated 1705).
FIRST EDITION of one of the first Western accounts of Vietnam, with the earliest detailed map of the North of the country, showing the coast line as far East as Macao. Divided into two parts, Rhodes's account presents a detailed picture of the manners and customs of the local people, as well as giving a first-hand account of missionary activity in the region between 1627 and 1646. Brunet IV, 1269; Cordier Indosinica 1619; De Backer & Sommervogel VI, 1718; Howgego R33-34; Streit V: 1646.
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