15 July 2005
DIEGO DE TORRES BOLLO (1551-1638)
Relatione Breve del P. Diego de Torres della Compagnia di Giesù. Procuratore della Provincia del Perù, circa il frutto che si raccoglie con gli Indiani de quell Regno. Al fine s'aggiunge la lettera annua dell' Isole Filippine del 1600. Rome: Luigi Zannetti, 1603. 8° (145 x 191mm). Woodcut vignette title page, separate title page to Vaez's account, with the registration leaf at F7. (Some slight browning.) Modern vellum, modern morocco-backed box.
THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION of Torres Bollo's own account of the Jesuit mission to Peru in 1580, where he was provincial at Cuzco, Quito and Potosí. He founded the Jesuit republics of New Granada [Columbia] in 1605 and Paraguay in 1607. Even more ambitiously, he planned the expedition to convert the Guaycuru Indians of the Chaco in order to open the route through Peru for the missions. The work also contains his edition of the 'Litteræ annuæ insularum Philippinarum', 1600 by Francisco Vaez as reported to Claudio Acquaviva in Rome, one of the earliest ethnographical accounts by the Jesuits in the Philippines. The most complete edition, the French edition of 1604 being without the section on the Philippine Islands. Pardo de Tavera gives the author's name as Diego de Torres Rubio. Palau 336829; Medina, Hispano-Americana 490; Sabin 96253 who questions the existence of this February, 1603 printing by Zannetti; Tavera 2710.
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